Re: It's worse than Christmas...
The Black Friday nonsense has also started here in Australia the past few years.
Same as Halloween (do you get that stupidity in the UK as well?)
Any excuse for the shops to sell more junk that no-one probably really wants or needs.
Does anyone remember when Sales used to be something the shops would have just a few times each year? Now the sales seem to be on 24/7/365 in every shop.
And, Christmas apparently started before the end of September in Australia with all the trees and decorations appearing in shops... Santa's even been in some of the major shopping centres here since before the end of October.
Actually, we seemed to have had a bit of a conflict in some of the shops before October finished - walk in the door and the first thing you saw was the 'horror' of Halloween with all the ghouls, skeletons, bats, etc. and right behind all that was the 'joy' of Christmas with trees, cards, decorations, etc.
No wonder people seemed so confused these days, especially impressionable young kids.
I'll also be waiting for Easter eggs to appear in the shops shortly after Boxing Day - possibly the next day (don't laugh, I've seen it happen).