With the Holiday season just around the corner, Adobe predicts Cyber Monday will become the leading online shopping day for 2012.

Adobe released the projected shopping data in its "Adobe Digital Index 2012 Online Shopping Forecast." The digital index looked at over 150 billion website visits to over 500 Adobe retail customers within a six year time span. With this compiled data it determined holiday shopping trends for both the United States and Europe for 2012.

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The shopping season is a bit longer in Europe, as it starts in early November, than in the United States, which starts this Friday. Even so, there are four key online shopping days: Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Green Monday and Free Shipping Day.

Each of these days presents shoppers with an alternative to waiting in store lines as they can get similar deals and savings from the comfort of their own home. Adobe predicts that overall online sales will steadily improve this year, with Cyber Monday being at the forefront.

Shopping Before December

Traditionally, Black Friday has been the highest grossing shopping day for the holiday season, but due to the influx of e-Commerce and the creation of days geared towards these types of shoppers, its lead is falling. Marketing Manger for Adobe's Digital Index, Matt Langie spoke with CMSWire about these trends.

“Despite what people may be seeing in the broader economic news, the online environment continues to perform,” he says.

Adobe says sales on Cyber Monday will grow 18 percent from 2011, totaling US$ 2 billion in sales over the 24 hour period.

Even with Cyber Monday in the lead, Black Friday is expected to still maintain a good standing in terms of its online sales. According to the report, it could be the second largest shopping day of 2012, rising 12 percent from last year.

The Days in December

Black Friday has not only been joined by Cyber Monday in recent years, but also by two other days geared at last minute shoppers: Green Monday on December 10, and Free Shipping day on December 17. Even though they are both only a few years old, being created in 2007 and 2008 respectively, they are becoming important for online holiday shoppers.

Green Monday, the second Monday in December, is a term coined by eBay. This year it is to have an increase of seven percent in sales compared to their 2011 numbers.  Whereas, Free Shipping Day, which promises shoppers to have all orders delivered by Christmas Eve, is expected to improve by 12 percent.