When times are tough, people fall back on what they know. In food departments, this means comfort favorites like meatloaf and macaroni and cheese, and in the nonfood greeting card aisle, it's traditional messages featuring time-honored holiday characters. The recession has brought out the classic spirit in every occasion, it seems. This past Christmas, for example, greeting card manufacturers found that the top seller wasn't the Grinch or the Peanuts gang or “High School Musical” — it was ...

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