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Lammie":2hezhyg6 said:
I've never been one to go overboard for the holidays. Wasn't raised that way. I had a classmate that would allways bring a list of all her Christmas presents to church on Christmas morning, I would get one present and a stocking. I wouldn't say I was jealous b/c I usually really like what I got, but I found it fascinating that a person would get so much. Now all these years later, her mother got sick and died and they didn't have insurance (between companies, sorry no coverage) and they lost their farm. I talked to my dad about that and we just commented on how I thought they were so rich when I was a kid and now they lost their farm.
I've found too, that my kids don't appreciate most of the "stuff" anyway.
On a side note, Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I feel so blessed to have what I do.


I could go for a simpler Christmas and I think my kids could, too. I know that family is important but we always end up with people over for a full week and I am just fragged by the time it is over. I need a holiday to get over the holidays. Steve loves it, though, so what the heck. Having one's MIL for four or five days will really drain the life outa you. I love her, but our family tradition was to come over, stay for several hours, maybe overnight, and then get the heck out of there. This is new to me. I like my privacy. I am kind of a hermit.[/quote]

Yes company is nice, but I know what you mean they always expect so much, want to go here, there and everywhere, and when a budget is already tight, it can get tricky coming up with free places to go to, and still feel like we are taking the time to entertain them. Mostly my brother comes to visit, which is easy, he doesn't expect much, and is easy going enough where he can entertain himself when we do chores.

I do like the big family gatherings though, all the holiday baking, and if I had more family that would be willing to make the drive, I would find a way to make it all work, and enjoy it.

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My step daughter always wants to go to bars, movies, shopping. I don't go to bars when she isn't here, I really don't see a need to go when she is. Besides, I have a 14 year old here, and that's not the bar hopping age. Honestly. When you go to see family, family is what you should see. I just stay home. It gives me a rest.[/quote]

Speak of the devil, my brother informed me he is possibly going to come here this weekend. Got the big fundraiser for the school this weekend, I told him he would just have to tag along to that. I have to start thinking of some inexpensive or free things to do-LOL

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Yet another big company closing stores/cutting jobs:


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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Circuit City Stores Inc. (CC) (CC) said Monday it is closing about 20 percent of its U.S. stores - cutting thousands of jobs - in an effort to return the nation's No. 2 consumer electronics retailer to profitability.

The Richmond, Va.-based company said it will shutter 155 of its more than 700 stores in 55 markets, including Phoenix and Atlanta, by Dec. 31. Circuit City also said it will further reduce new store openings and plans to work with landlords to renegotiate leases, lower rent or terminate agreements.

The company said it expects the stores it is shuttering, which generated about $1.4 billion in net sales in fiscal 2008, will not open on Tuesday and store closing sales will begin on Wednesday.

The move comes as Circuit City heads into a crucial holiday shopping season that could determine its future, amid a slowdown in consumer spending that has even the least vulnerable retailers worried.

"The weakened environment has resulted in a slowdown of consumer spending, further impacting our business as well as the business of our vendors," James A. Marcum, vice chairman and acting president and chief executive officer said in a statement. "The combination of these trends has strained severely our working capital and liquidity."

Marcum called the decision to close stores "difficult, but necessary."

Its shares rose 6 cents, or about 23 percent to 32 cents in early trading Monday.

Circuit City also provided updates on other aspects of its business, including restrictive actions taken by vendors, including limiting credit for purchases. But the company said while it is working to secure support from vendors, the "current mix of terms and credit availability is becoming unmanageable for the company."

It also said it has been unable to collect an income tax refund of about $80 million that Circuit City believes it is owed from the federal government.

The company has had only one profitable quarter in the past year, posting a wider second-quarter loss in September with a 13 percent decline in sales at stores open at least a year. Its results have weakened as the company faces significant declines in traffic, heightened competition from rival Best Buy Co. (BBY) and others and a weakened brand position.

Circuit City, which is reviewing its operations while exploring strategic alternatives, has been working with advisers to determine how to substantially improve its operating and financial performance.

The company said last week that the New York Stock Exchange has warned it that its stock price is not high enough for continued listing.

The NYSE said Circuit City shares had an average closing price of less than $1 over 30 consecutive trading days as of Oct. 22, falling short of the exchange's requirement. Its shares have closed under a dollar in trading since Sept. 30, when they closed at 76 cents. Shares have traded between 17 cents and $8.24 in the last year.

In order to regain compliance with the NYSE, Circuit City's common stock share price and the average share price over a consecutive 30-trading-day period must both exceed $1 within six months following receipt of the notice.

A major Circuit City shareholder - Classic Fund Management AG, a Liechtenstein-based asset management company - also said in a regulatory filing last week that it cut its holdings to 8.2 million shares, or about 4.8 percent, from 9.5 million shares, or 5.6 percent. It did not disclose a reason for the change.

Circuit City has been under new leadership since late September when Chief Executive Philip J. Schoonover agreed to step down. He was replaced by Marcum, who was tapped to oversee Circuit City's multiyear turnaround efforts.
 

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Christmas music at Wal-Mart and H.E.B!!! I'm gonna be sooooo tired of "The Little Drummer Boy"! :lol2:
 

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I'm definately with dun on this one! I'm not a holiday person either. We haven't bought gifts for each other ever... and I don't decorate or put up a tree.. blah blah. Just feed the cows, and cook a meal for my mom. I'd quit that also (feeding Mom, not the cows) if I could, but my brother is on the west coast, and she's here in Texas, and she whines if we don't get together for the holidays. Before she moved down here, we'd just jump in the car and go for a drive. It was great!
 

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