Proteus ,
Americans are also on spending sprees for christmas even though our economy is going to the toilet , with many of the same government things that you describe . However , there are some of us that started spending freely for other reasons , popular choices this year are knives , firearms , ammunition , field gear , and non perishable food items . I would bet that there are a few Greeks with similar attitudes this year . I wish you well my friend , and keep us posted when you can , we are all interested and need to hear what is really going on .