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The Economy is Screwing Up My Thanksgiving Tradition!

 
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 27, 2008 7:57 am    Post subject: The Economy is Screwing Up My Thanksgiving Tradition! Reply with quote

Our family has a tradition at Thanksgiving in which we each bring a wrapped Christmas tree ornament and have a gift exchange game (probably most commonly called "Chinese Christmas"---although I don't advocate the use of the term as it could be offensive to the Chinese and the game has nothing to do with any Chinese tradition that I'm aware of).

So we have a lot of fun with the game, and the end result is that you have a new ornament to hang on your Christmas tree this year. Our respective trees have accumulated a nice unique collection of ornaments---often times with attached memories of the gift exchange itself.

For years, I've exclusively shopped at Waldenwood Gifts & Accessories to purchase my ornament for the exchange. Waldenwood is a quaint shop in Athens that is usually chock full of unique seasonal items. I especially like the store at this time of year due to the multitude of unique, often hand-made, ornaments that can be found there. Unfortunately, yesterday, I found yet another victim of the failing economy. Waldenwood was eerily bare. The ornaments were isolated to one small corner of the shop and were few and unimaginative. I innocently asked the proprietor, "Have you just not gotten out your ornaments this year?" His response, "Well, due to the economy, we've had to scale back...we just can't have $20,000 worth of inventory and not sell it." Deflated, I just thanked him and left without making a purchase since the inventory that was there was just not very unique. He said the usual, "Thanks for coming and come back to see us." The sad fact is, I probably won't go back. It was pathetic.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 28, 2008 9:23 am    Post subject: WaldenWood Reply with quote

An unfortunate truth is that you have to spend money to make money. If you don't have the former, you won't have the latter. Confused
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