With Black Friday behind us, it is fair to say that the holiday season has officially begun. And while the smell of roasted chestnuts and the sound of Christmas carolers may fill our minds, the holiday season also comes with a heavy dose of holiday shopping nightmares.
Unfortunately, this year has been no exception. From the dangling Santa impersonator to the Black Friday robbery, the 2012 holiday shopping season is already full of horror stories that could deter even the most enthusiastic shopper from heading to the mall.
Here's a round-up of this year's craziest holiday shopping stories so far: