The National Retail Federation (NRF) expects record holiday shopping this year. According to the federation, nearly 2 million more people than last year will shop from Thanksgiving Day through Cyber Monday. A survey from the NRF finds many shoppers started holiday shopping early, citing concerns about supply chain issues, inventory, and high demand. This comes as the box office is set to hit it big with the Thanksgiving weekend as well—even amid the pandemic. Disney’s “Encanto” appears on its way to a holiday weekend triumph. The animated Disney musical, which debuted Wednesday, opened with an estimated $7.5 million. “House of Gucci,” another big new film, launched with an estimated $4.2 million on Wednesday.
Egypt reopens the ancient “Avenue of Sphinxes” with a ceremony in Luxor after decades of restoration. Tourism is an important industry for Egypt, but it has taken a hit in recent years. The country’s tourism revenue plunged from around $13 billion in 2019 to about $4 billion in 2020. And in England, archaeologists find a rare Roman mosaic buried on a farm. It is the first time a Roman mosaic has been uncovered in 1,600 years. The artwork depicts the Greek hero Achilles’s battle with Hector during the Trojan War. It measures about 36 feet by 30 feet and forms the floor of what experts believe was a dining or entertaining area in a large villa.
A dog is looking for a Christmas miracle, after spending 142 days in a shelter. Epiphany, a quiet mixed-breed dog around the size of a cocker spaniel, arrived at the Oakwood Dog Rescue shelter in Hull, East Yorkshire, 142 days ago. Since then, she hasn’t yet found a home. In fact, in that time, no one has viewed her. Her adoption page reads: “She needs lots of time and patience to become more confident with people and show you the full potential she has.” UK newspaper Metro has stepped in to try and help Epiphany find a new home.
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