Meta: Look at Christmas in the USA with statistics.
Considering that my younger siblings have already begun dreaming up their Christmas lists, in October can you believe it, I thought that now would be the most appropriate time to discuss the little issue everyone seems to have with modern day Christmas, namely consumerism. While retail therapy certainly isn’t a bad thing there are certain people who believe that the true meaning behind Christmas has been lost in a cacophony of wish lists and price tags, instead of family, faith and fun. And though at Sir Holiday we do like for everyone to revel in the Christmas cheer, we thought it would be good to settle the debate and see if Christmas consumption is really as outrageous as so many like to think it is.
Firstly Christmas is probably one of the most inclusive holidays of all in the United States, only around 5% of our population had declared that they will not be observing the festivities and many, many of the celebrators of Christmas are not religious or have a faith other than Christianity. But when we looked into how much we are spending on Christmas as a nation it becomes hard to ignore the argument of Christmas being controlled by presents, after all the average spending on gifts by each American household is $752.
You may be thinking that this is all in vain, but the Christmas season is one of the biggest surefire boosts any economy can wish for, with the United States retail sector garnering $3 trillion of our hard earned cash in 2013 for Christmas spending alone. Luckily all of this shopping helps to serve people as well, with hundreds of thousands of additional staff members being hired during the silly season in order to make sure you have the most amazing, most magical Christmas shopping experience yet.
And while many people dream or in my case spend too much time pinning on Pinterest ideas for homemade gifts for our loved ones, the reality is that gift cards have become one of the most desirable gifts under the Christmas tree. Because freedom to choose is truly the greatest gift of all, yet you would think that all of this spending has to have a cap at some point, however the research tells a different story. Consumers were projected to have an 8% increase in their total Christmas spending during the festive season in 2016.
In addition, we are not only spending money on presents for our children, family members, and close friends or coworkers, no, no, no we had to go and invest in decorations. Close to $419 was expected to be spent on objects related to Christmas festivity by Americans in 2016, evidently bedecking your house to be the most Christmas-loving house on the block is not only a thing in the movies. After reviewing all the evidence maybe the naysayers have a point, however who could imagine without Christmas trees, lights, presents and of course, snow or fake snow in my area.
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