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      Christmas And Commercialism

      I t hasn't been the easiest year financially for many of us, but still countless mid michigan residents are celebrating Christmas this evening.

      A s retailers count their profits this year, some people are asking if the real reason for the season has been lost to commercialism. When you see the parking lot of Walmart empty you know it must be Christmas day. Its the only day the grocery giant closes its doors. Same deal with Mcdonalds, closed doors for the holiday.

      B ut, not all businesses shutdown for Christmas,someone has got to man the hotels.

      Baymont manager Chelsea Olm says, " I ts pretty slow today but there are quite a few guests here that are celebrating the holidays with their family."

      F or the most part businesses are happy to take the day off especially since retailers have racked up an estimated 469 billion dollars this season alone. Mid Michigan residents are already talking about their gifts.

      Cheryl St. Marie says, " I got an ipod, I got a Charlie Brown nativity seen which I wanted."

      A s the economy continues to struggle many admit that Christmas has become a bit about items. According to the leading economist at the University of Minnesota over the holiday season people get into debt and pay interest on unpaid balances for months afterwards. Residents here agree. Greg Boldduc says, " I think people get way too caught up in buying stuff and spending money and running around like a chicken with a head cut off."

      I ts great for retailers but bad for your bottom line at the end of the season. It may be why many are cutting back and taking notice of more important things. Cory Parlor says, " I got to see my family, I got to spend some time with my son, I got everything I wanted."