In the EDITORIALS forum, there's the topic about Christmas as we know it really needing to "go." From the link, there's this statement:
As recently as 2004, major US retailers raked in a staggering $216.3 billion in November and December as each US consumer spent an average of $835.00 on holiday gifts.
How many of you fall within that average amount as you shop and buy those holiday gifts? I'm interpreting that $835.00 quote also as not to include the amount we spend on extra food items we might not otherwise buy. Then there are the holiday travel plans and special clothing purchases for that special party or gathering.