People are making their lists and checking them twice, but who makes it on isn't necessarily about who is naughty or nice.
This holiday season, more people are cutting back on their gift giving because of their continued economic hardships. Extravagances have given way to a focus on the family and personal presents.
And, just maybe, that old adage "It's the thought that counts" finally is getting its due.
Carol Swope and her husband, Jess, were browsing at the Modesto Dickens Faire last weekend, enjoying the outdoor market's holiday cheer and sizing up the vendors' wares.
Swope, who retired in May, took a different approach to holiday gifts this season, starting in August: She's only shopping sales and using coupons.
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