I am going to propose something that will seem illogical but is actually very logical.
People are worried about their jobs. So, they don't spend money. Really. Then what happens to the people who's jobs depend on your purchases. They lose their jobs and they can't afford your service or product so, they don't buy. And, bingo - you're out of a job, too. See a pattern here?
I propose that this Christmas season, everyone just buy something instead of NOT buy something.
Now, of course, I'm not promoting credit. Debt is bad. And, of course, you should pay your bills. But, maybe you buy something extra they need that's practical for a loved one this holiday season. Go out to eat and give the waitress a bigger tip. Even find something you might need on Craig's list so that person can go out and get something they need, too. And people keep their jobs - hey!
I don't know how far this will go and I'm sure I'm going to get trolls, but, I'm doing it anyway.
So, I'm going to design a button people can put on their blogs and maybe a new blog for people to comment on, I don't know, yet.
Let me know what you think.