Let's see what you think. Here's a sampling of what's filling up my e-mail inbox:
• Many men would rather spend time on famously unpleasant activities than go to a mall, according to a poll conducted for Yahoo by Harris Interactive.
More than a third - 34 percent - of all "online adults would rather do laundry than go holiday shopping in the mall. Men, in particular, are mall-averse, with almost one in five men (18 percent) saying they would rather do their taxes, 33 percent preferring to wash their car, and a quarter of men (25 percent) saying they would rather shovel snow."
• The poll found the same tight-spending mood that a torrent of other research has noted: More than a quarter (27 percent) of holiday shoppers said their holiday budgets will be smaller compared with last year.