With Christmas just 11 days away, the nation’s retail stores certainly will be jammed this weekend, as shoppers get into high gear to check off the names on their gift list. It’s a time for goodwill and patience on the part of all concerned. In our rush, we may overlook the good work of the salespeople who staff the country’s 1.1 million retail businesses, ranging from furniture to auto parts to sporting goods, and without whom shopping would be impossible. Whether part time or career, there are more than 15.5 million employees staffing these businesses, most of them providing service with a smile and willingly sharing their expertise. You can find more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau, online at <www.census.gov>.