By  on October 8, 2008

IRVING, Tex. — Tradition matters at Neiman Marcus, so the luxury retailer had no qualms about unveiling the extravagant gifts in the 82nd edition of its Christmas Book on Tuesday, despite the crisis roiling global financial markets.

The fantasy gifts, like the $500,000 roll of synthetic turf cut from the Dallas Cowboys’ end zone at Texas Stadium, are meant to make people smile, said Ginger Reeder, vice president of corporate communications. “We’ve done the catalogue through World Wars and the Depression and through tough times,” Reeder said. “9/11 is the only time we canceled the [Christmas Book] launch party, which was scheduled for 9/13. Then the ‘Today’ show asked us to come on with the gifts to show that there are traditions that go on year after year. If we didn’t do it, people would ask for it.”

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