Buying camping stuff for Christmas? Maybe a new trailer hitch, or sleeping bags, cooler, lantern, or bag chairs. Here's a Rant! I'm so sick of all the Black Friday, Red Thursday, Cyber Monday, something else Wednesday, whatever, retail gouging crap. Holy, enough already! I'm glad it's almost over. Going back to when I was a kid, we had a thing called Thanksgiving. Ours was, (is) different from the State's Thanksgiving. Back then, I didn't really understand why they were at different times. In school, we learned about the Pilgrims, the Mayflower, Plymouth Rock, and the Indians. We watched Charlie Brown on TV, and dreamed of Turkey supper. I couldn't understand why Canada didn't have these things, but the States did. I always had the feeling that the State's Thanksgiving was somehow more important than the Canadian Thanksgiving. Moving forward, it seemed that Thanksgiving was 2nd or 3rd only to Christmas and/or Canada Day. Now it seems that Thanksgiving barely even exists anymore. It's just a day when people need to scarf down their turkey as fast as they can so they can get out shopping. We were on holidays in Florida 2 years ago during Thanksgiving and Black Friday, and the place and malls were absolutely crazy. I'm glad our Thanksgiving is celebrated weeks before, and isn't swallowed up by the beginning of the Christmas shopping craze. The Christmas season is hectic enough, but it feels as though the insanity of it all starts even earlier because of the whole Black Friday crap that Canadian retailers have adopted. A short 15 years ago, a work colleague said to me, " I'm going to the States for the weekend to go Black Friday shopping". I said, "what's Black Friday?", and so it began. Drives me nutz just so that corporate greed can try and make a few extra dollars in sales profits. The real idea behind Christmas has long gone out the window. Now we have to get ready for all the Pre-Boxing Day sales, Ugh! (Note: this is not a jab at Americans in any way, this is a jab at Canadian retailers).