November 10, 2005
The holidays are here and people are already shopping.
"I usually do it early, before Thanksgiving," said holiday shopper Dianne Cutitta.
But how much will they spend and will charitable giving cut into the holiday budget?
"There's no that this will be another year like any other year in that this will be a great time for retail," said Larry Benner the Vice President Charlottesville Chamber of Commerce.
Traditionally this is the busiest time of year for retail, but another competing factor is gas prices. Some think this will help, while others say it could hurt.
"I think they are going to be even better than last year. I think that maybe with gas prices it will work in our favor. I think that people will shop locally and think before they drive somewhere else," Nancy McCarthy of the Chimney Corner said.
"I don't think I'll be spending too much more since we've had to pull in our belt a little from all the gas [prices]," said Peter Dutnen who hasn't started holiday shopping.
Either way the holidays have arrived.
So when is it to early to put up that wreath? Barracks Road is already decorated and some stores inside have been since this summer.
"I guess it's never too early. I think we all start shopping for Christmas pretty early these days. We started in July because it's pretty intense to put all of the trees up at once," said McCarthy.
Everything from trees to lights--but this tradition comes from somewhere.
"It's not about buying, it's about community," said Dutnen.