The experience was fun and, I think, fruitful enough to repeat this year.
In some of the 2012 articles, I asked readers to send in pictures of the scene at the local Apple Store in their neck of the woods.
This prompted quite a few pictures of mostly packed Apple retail outlets for the holidays (see, e.g., Apple Stores Packed Over Holiday Weekend: Your Twitter Pictures, from December 24, 2012) and some spontaneous creativity poking fun at the abject state of physical commerce at Microsoft (MSFT) (see Is Your Local Microsoft Store Empty This Weekend, also from December 24, 2012).
You really need to click the Microsoft story, if only to gawk at the classic -- and very real -- image of a MSFT employee standing around, yawning in aimless boredom during what should have been the hustle and bustle of the holiday season.
Anyhow, when you're out on the streets and at the malls, drop by an Apple Store (or Microsoft or even Intel (INTC) Experience Store) and Tweet some pictures to my Twitter (TWTR) account: @Rocco_TheStreet.
This exercise can help provide anecdotal evidence into what's happening out there this year. I'll create a new article and update it as many times as demand warrants through the New Year (even when I'm on vacation!). Together we'll research!