or does this happen every year as soon as December approaches?
Today has been that terrible thing here in the UK "Black Friday", whatever that means (can anyone enlighten me?). Pictures on the six o'clock news show shoppers in Asda being pushed and shoved and falling over in their rush to get to the check-out. One elderly lady with a broken wrist as a result. And all just to get 'cheaper' televisions, food, fancy goods, anything for Christmas really.
And that is really the fly in the ointment - Christmas looms and the whole world seems to go mad with shopping frenzy.
Friday is market day here in our little town but whenever it is cold and damp and windy the market is much reduced. This is because our market square is very exposed and no one in their right mind would spend time browsing on market stalls today as the wind whistled across the square.
So I went into the supermarket to do my little bit of 'top up' shopping - a few fresh vegetables and one or two perishables for the weekend table. And the shopping frenzy was just as bad in there.
Could I please tell all the folk out there that it is not even December yet - the shops are not going to go away. Let's all be reasonable, take our time, relax and enjoy the build up to Christmas - not go at it like demented earwigs.