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A shopper naps on a recliner at Sears during Black Friday shopping at Brea Mall on Friday, Nov. 29, 2013, in Brea, Calif. The U.S. holiday shopping season started even earlier this year, as more than a dozen major retailers opened on the Thanksgiving holiday. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

(AP) - Ready. Set. Shop! And with that, the holiday shopping season is underway.

More than a dozen retailers opened early on Thanksgiving Day and will keep rolling right through Black Friday, traditionally the biggest shopping day of the year.

Long checkout lines formed at a Target in Colma, Calif.; Macy's flagship store in New York's Herald Square was bustling; and patrons were seen digging through a shirt display at a Gap outlet in Los Angeles. Elsewhere, hundreds queued up outside a Kohl's in American Park, Utah, and Best Buy employees were getting pumped up for a big sales day in Overland Park, Kan.

Here, in images, are some scenes from Black Friday across the nation:

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