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Week ahead: 3 things to watch for

Here are familiar stories you might expect this holiday week in some unfamiliar settings.

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Traditions are coming into new territory for most everyone. But people are finding ways to continue. Here are the familiar stories you might expect this holiday week in some unfamiliar settings.

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving will look a lot different this year, but people will still be reflecting on what they’re thankful for when the holiday rolls around on Thursday.

Video calls, empty chairs for loved ones, and the presence of face coverings in familiar settings are sure to highlight how far we’ve come in one year.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends in-person celebrations be limited to people’s own households. Prominent doctor and nursing groups have also urged people to scale back their celebrations.

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Black Friday

This week marks what usually begins the most important stretch of the year for retailers, and stores want to maximize sales in what has been a challenging year for the industry.

Retailers have already been doing their best to safely draw in customers during the 2020 holiday shopping season by expanding the length of time to cash in on online doorbuster deals and offering curbside pickup and delivery.

If you were waiting until Black Friday to start your holiday shopping locally or at big-box retailers, experts say you’re already behind. Deals are spread out beyond just this day.

Small Business Saturday

As more people plan to buy things online, Small Business Saturday will serve as a reminder for how consumers can spread joy across communities.

Want to do both? Shop online and save on shipping fees when you opt for the curbside pick up at your local retailer.

Many local businesses across the country also are offering innovative shopping promotions, including pre-booked shopping times and free gifts.

CNN and The Associated Press contributed.