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posted Dec 16, 2015, 8:42 AM by Unknown user

Has Christmas become too materialistic? “Shoppers around the country say they are planning to spend an average of $882 for gifts this holiday season, up from $861 last year, according to the 31st annual survey on holiday spending from the American Research Group, Inc.”

Near the holidays, everyone is worried about what to get someone. Have we forgotten the true meaning of Christmas? Instead of worrying about spending time with family members and enjoying their company, everyone is worried about what they are going to get from them. Christmas should be about having fun and spending time with the people you love. People should appreciate the time they have with their relatives, especially the ones they hardly get to see. There are so many things to do together during the holidays. You could play cards, watch movies, wrap presents, or just sit and catch up. Christmas is a big deal, but it should be more about the people you are with rather than what you get, and nowadays that exactly what is happening.

Family is important and Christmas, like many other holidays is a chance to show how much you appreciate your family and what they have already done for you, not what they will do for you. The next time you are getting all worked up about what you didn’t get for Christmas, just remember it’s not about the gifts, it’s about being together and having a happy holiday.