Just a mom, you've got the right idea! I keep hoping that people will stop buying so much junk. Maybe the death of the Wal-Mart employee will be a watershed moment for all those folks who think that buying cheap junk no one really needs is the best way to celebrate a religious holiday with such deep spiritual meaning as Christmas. That poor young man, killed by greed and materialism -- on the side of the store as well as the customers.
At the same time, somewhat whiny stories like this one really annoy me. When I was a kid, we didn't have a slew of relatives around to flood us with gifts; my parents bought us one or two relatively small things, and I remember each of them fondly. One year, "all" I received was a rag doll. Do you know I still have that doll -- and I remember the feeling of shock and wonder as I saw it for the first time -- I was five and I couldn't believe that this doll "magically" appeared overnight, right next to my bed (we were too poor to have a Christmas tree, too). I feel sorry for today's jaded kids, who don't appreciate all the treasures they have, but who have to have more and more every year.