I've noticed that when the economy is bad the retail stores start rolling out their Christmas stuff earlier and earlier. K-mart had it's stuff up even before Halloween! Sooooooooooooooooooooooo. That said --- when it comes to Christmas, do you feel obligated to stimulate the economy or do you feel like I do -- "I REALLY don't need it!" By way of example. In 1983 a friend and I had dinner. While walking to the restaurant my friend said, "How do you like my outfit?" "You look nice," I replied. "It was only $185 at Boyd's!!!" (Boyd's is/was if they're still in business a very exclusive men's store in Philadelphia AND $185 bucks was a lot of real money back in '84!) I said, "How do you like MY outfit?" "You look GREAT," he replied. "Well.................$26 bucks at Gimbel's bargain basement....including the shoes!" I guess if you HAVE the money............it's nice to be able to spend it. But like I told my mom once (she had 3 jewelry boxes STUFFED to the brim) -- "you've only got one neck and 2 ears!" Anyway --- how's Christmas gonna look at your house??