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Friday, November 16, 2012

Holiday Shopping

A number of my recent posts have been focused on the holiday retail season:


For some perspective I would like to share the following quotes

“Christmas is a time when kids tell Santa what they want and adults pay for it. Deficits are when adults tell the government what they want and their kids pay for it.” - Richard Lamm

"Oh, for the good old days when people would stop Christmas shopping when they ran out of money." - Author unknown

"As we struggle with shopping lists and invitations, compounded by December's bad weather, it is good to be reminded that there are people in our lives who are worth this aggravation, and people to whom we are worth the same." - Donald E. Westlake

"Once again, we come to the Holiday Season, a deeply religious time that each of us observes, in his own way, by going to the mall of his choice." - Dave Barry 

"Oh look, yet another Christmas TV special! How touching to have the meaning of Christmas brought to us by cola, fast food, and beer.... Who'd have ever guessed that product consumption, popular entertainment, and spirituality would mix so harmoniously?" - Bill Watterson

"The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree: the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other." - Burton Hillis

“Too many people spend money they haven't earned, to buy things they don't want, to impress people they don't like.” - Will Rogers

“In department stores, so much kitchen equipment is bought indiscriminately by people who just come in for men's underwear.” - Julia Child

"Wretched excess is an unfortunate human trait that turns a perfectly good idea such as Christmas into a frenzy of last-minute shopping." - Jon Anderson

"Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients of a truly merry Christmas." - Peg Bracken

“We used to build civilizations. Now we build shopping malls.” - Bill Bryson

“Christmas is a race to see which gives out first - your money or your feet.” - Author Unknown

"Probably the reason we all go so haywire at Christmas time with the endless unrestrained and often silly buying of gifts is that we don't quite know how to put our love into words." - Harlan Miller 

"Christmas is the season when you buy this year's gifts with next year's money." - Author Unknown

"Once again we find ourselves enmeshed in the Holiday Season, that very special time of year when we join with our loved ones in sharing centuries-old traditions such as trying to find a parking space at the mall. We traditionally do this in my family by driving around the parking lot until we see a shopper emerge from the mall, then we follow her, in very much the same spirit as the Three Wise Men, who 2,000 years ago followed a star, week after week, until it led them to a parking space." - Dave Barry

"One of the nice things about Christmas is that you can make people forget the past with a present." - Author Unknown

“A bargain is something you can't use at a price you can't resist.” - Franklin P. Jones

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