In today's miniscule WSJ, there is a fun article about how pre-holiday sales are finally legal in Euroland, though allegedly such a foreign concept that retailers use the English word "Sale" to advertise them.
The article contains the following nugget: "Germans tend to adhere to structures and rhythms that don't change," says Rolf Pangels, managing director of the retail federation BaG in Berlin. "And they tend to want a law for everything. An American wouldn't understand all the laws we have here."
Sadly, I am not so sure how true this is anymore. More and more Americans seem to want "a law for everything" as well. The strange phenomenon of turning to government to fix problems it created is growing all the time.
Oh, yeah, and Merry Christmas!