The final two weeks have arrived.... It is Crunch Time for Christmas Shopping!
This year I am way behind schedule, could be the warm weather this fall or just the usual dread of aimlessly wandering around looking to spend money of "stuff" that I know we don't need.
Maybe I'm a bit more cynical than most but I am tired of the excessive commercialization of holidays. This is nothing new and a discussion I have had with my wife over the years but I have never successfully figured out how to reverse the trend for MORE.... It's not just about money, It's about having to much JUNK.
Since money buys junk I use holiday spending as sort of the report card to establish where we stand. My wife and I have never really agreed on how to read statistics either. Most articles are unclear, for example I just read this story that says the Average U.S. Consumer will spend $817 this year. Translating that data and applying it to a family of four means they'll spend over $3250.
The article also noted that 70% of the people would prefer less emphasis on shopping yet if you look around the mall you'll notice plenty of consumers but very few smiles as the brainwashed masses look for something to buy.
This New Year's Day set a resolution for yourself that will make you smile. The holiday season should be a happy time instead of a draining experience.