I have very clear memories from my days working retail of parents shoving other parents and even children out of the way to get to the latest and greatest toys and games around the holiday season. I can reassure you - it's usually pretty ugly out there.
The Times' article "No Hit Toy To Brighten Retailers' Christmas" describes a toy shopping landscape without a toy that everyone goes bonkers trying to get. The article also cited a survey in which more than one-third of parents were stumped for toy gift ideas because they weren't seeing as many new items for offer. You can read more on this year's buying habits at The New York Times.
How have your shopping days been? Have you run into any crazed parents or have they been pretty mellow?