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Originally posted by stumason
I can only speak from a UK perspective (we are seeing the same uplift in retail sales this year as well), but you have to look at this in context...
For example, while some sections of society are still struggling (the lower paid, those with high debt, unemployed etc) others are not. I actually found last Christmas harder than this year and the kids have had the best one yet. But then, I have little to no debt and I am employed in a decently paid job.
There will always be those that struggle and those that don't. I don't mean to "piss on your parade", but you unfortunately seem to be in the former. It is a sad state of affairs, but it would appear because you're finding things hard, you have translated this into
"Well, everyone else must be finding it hard so how can people afford Christmas?"
Sadly, not everyone is in your boat, many are getting on just fine. I feel for you though chap.
Originally posted by MastaShake
I know not everyones in my boat, to think that would be foolish. but i DO know that there are alot more people in my situation then previous years. Just walking around my neighborhood is proof enough of that.