I don't usually get a boost for the holidays, but this December has not been so bad. My sales so far this month have been on par with December 2007, which is good. December 2008 was a disaster. 2009 has been a really tough year for me, down 17% over 2008. I'm hoping things turn around for 2010. I have to agree with dpd1 about not understanding retail sales. The hardest thing I have learned from having a shop for the past ten years is not to clench when sales go down. Most of the time it is nothing a merchant has any control over.