Today, is Black Friday, the traditional day after American Thanksgiving that ushers in the Christmas retail sales season in America.
Some American examples
In fact the US retail economy counts on this!
And as you can see the trend has made it across the pond to England (obviously)
And now even in Switzerland, my oh my.
Whilst Europe has had a shopping transfer frenzy spreading, some American friends expressed it all thus:
Times were, you made a list of Christmas presents that you and your family needed and bought them early and more cheaply on Black Friday (and Cyber Monday). ... But in 2013 it seems we just have the opportunity to buy an excess of things that we just don't need.
From expedient expenditure to mere Indulgence? Or perhaps I am just getting old.