Shopping trips, mounting bills, workloads and deadlines, office parties ... 'tis the season for everyone to keep a dozen plates spinning simultaneously, in the name of holiday fun.
Is the economy altering your spending this year? We are spending a little less, and meanwhile we're trying to be more frugal by re-using things more.
What would you give George Bush for Christmas? More wisdom, so he takes a more holistic world view. There's wisdom on both sides, but he tends to see only his side.
If somebody spent $1,000 on you this season, what would you hope to get? I'd ask for the cash and then give it to a children's charity, like the Ronald McDonald House.
Old North End Co- founder, Catamount Institute
What would you give President Bush for Christmas? A giant whoopee cushion, and [I'd] make him jump up and down on it on national TV.
Who's going to be the next president? I like [Barack] Obama. He's honest and smart.
If somebody spent $1,000 for your gift, what would you want it to be? A weeklong sea kayaking trip in Mexico.
Swim coach/snowboard instructor
What's your worst-ever Christmas present? In college, I got these awful tube socks from my mom that you'd never wear, or even unwrap.
What Christmas gift would you give President Bush? Some classes in public speaking.
Who are you rooting for, to be next president? Obama. I like his style, personality and speaking voice. Unfortunately, though, that's what most politicians think being president is.
Worst Christmas present? This assortment of three cheese-cutters.
Gift to give President Bush? A Hillary Clinton mask.
What would you choose in lieu of toys or things? Some sort of charity gift that I'd direct toward children in need.
Say you found out someone spent a thousand bucks on your Christmas present. What would you hope it is? I'm at this wonderful point in life that I'm genuinely happy with what I have and don't really need anything.