Over $1 million in Christmas Club checks have been distributed in the Tamaqua-Panther Valley area, and with these monies getting into circulation shortly the holiday shopping season should be in full swing. The extra cash should stimulate the area's economy with club members purchasing items to be placed under the tree, or maybe a large appliance to make life a little easier. Some may use the cash for a vacation and others must might put the money away for a "rainy day."