Thousands of Fond du lac area residents are getting an early start to the holiday shopping season…with the traditional Black Frday door buster deals actually starting Thursday night. The Fond du Lac Forest Mall opens its doors at 8pm Thanksgiving and Mall spokesperson Karen Rautsch says the stores are open continuously until 9pm Friday night. "We don't know what to expect," Rausch told AM 1170 WFDL's Between the Lines program. "We have not opened this early before in the past. Last year it was midnight and we had the mad rush and all the fun that goes with that. We don't know exactly what to expect." Rautsch says many retailers are hoping the early start will make up for the shorter shopping season this year.