It just wasn't what they hoped for . Merchants and shop-keepers in New York have graded the holiday shopping season a soft "B" according to Rebbecca Falch at the Retail Council of New York State.
Much of the blame for shoppers glum mood rests with the spectre of the fiscal cliff.
Hurricane Sandy and the Newtown Shootings also had an impact on peoples moods and willingness to spend .
A real roller coaster this year