The last glorious days of fall brought lots of families outside to enjoy Medford parks, an economical outing if ever there was one. So it was a perfect setting for Have You Heard? to measure whether bank failures and crashing stocks are having an impact on family celebrations. We asked women, "Is the economy having an impact on your plans for the upcoming holidays?"
I might adjust and spend a little less. I think right now it's about choices and deciding how to spend money. Everybody has those choices. I don't feel like it's going to be negative.
It's not going to affect me at all. I'm going to hang out with family and friends.
I do believe thoughts create things, and whatever I focus my thoughts on I'm going to get more of, so why would I focus my thoughts on less when I can get more? I get what I want and things come to me.
Nothing's hit us, although I'm thinking about getting a part-time job. We live quite frugally anyway, so we're making our usual lans—a simple time with family. Since our Christmas celebration is about family and music, that won't change. At certain times we need to sing more, to feed our souls.
I think the family will make gifts this year. We're going back to basics. I think that's the good thing about this economy. It can take the holiday back to the old ways. It might bring some community in on a larger scale than we thought possible. We are thinking about what other people need and what we can give. I want my children to learn about values, not just a dollar sign.
Yes, the economy has changed my plans. We're going to have fewer presents, less than we normally have. We'll be sticking close to home and staying low-key.
Mary Lee Maxwell
We'll be spending less. Since the family is sorta spread out, we may try to find a central place to spend the holiday, but it will be hard for the young ones to get there. It may be a better Christmas without all the folderol, like we did in the "olden" days.
We're definitely going to focus on being together and the spirit of the holidays, not the trimmings. We're going to enjoy what we have. We'll buy presents, but it's not going to be extravagant. We're going to be focusing on the magic rather than the presents.
For Thanksgiving, we're tempering it a bit, with fewer desserts and side dishes. As far as Chanukah and Christmas goes, again the focus is ... to remind us of the importance of being together ... because of the economy and being more conscious of the choice to be green and resource conservation, I've decided to reduce the number of gifts. I know that won't take away from the holiday spirit.