Good heavens, it's December already. America's most genuine holiday - Thanksgiving - is in the rearview mirror and our most garish one is coming up fast. Can't you just see the incandescent Santas? The dancing elves? And the mall parking lots, jammed full of cars? Can't you just smell the pepper spray that some folks use to clear a path to the Xbox video game players? It's said that Jesus is the reason for the season, but he appears to be peripherally involved, at best. When it comes to X-mas, Santa is The Man. Originally rooted in innocence and humility, the Christmas season has become almost unrecognizable - with merchants intent on their bottom line, and shoppers a-twitter over the prospect of buying, giving and getting more stuff/William Brock, Moscow-Pullman Daily News. More here.
Question: Have you done anything in last 5 years to rein in Christmas spending and refocus on "the reason for the season"?