‘‘We've learned over the years, you have to stand in line early and pray,’’ Sam said.
Stu and April Schatz of Rockland County, N.Y., went to the Garden State Plaza mall in Paramus, N.J., which didn’t open until 7 a.m. on Black Friday, because they didn’t want to deal with the crowds that show up late on Thanksgiving night.
‘‘It’s so much more civilized going in the morning,’’ said April Schatz, a teacher. ‘‘We wanted to enjoy our evening.’’
Anne D'Innocenzio reported from New York. Contributing to this report were Mae Anderson in New York, Candice Choi in Paramus, N.J., and Mitch Weiss in Greenville, S.C.