It’s hard to believe that we are still in the “Christmas Season.”  But we still have two more days before we arrive at “The Festival of the Kings.”

As we wind down Christmas, my question continues to be, is Christmas more of a religious or state holiday, or is it more of an opportunity for retailers and airlines to cash in and realize a profit for the year.

It is easy to become bluntly cynical and say that Christmas is soley for the benefit of merchants to insure businesses realize a profit for the calander year. The day after Thanksgiving is called “Black Friday,” as it is designed to spur holiday shopping “to get businesses into the black” on their books.  Having one month of holiday shopping has historically produced mixed economic results.