At our house, we’ve always loved decorating for the holidays — the lights, the tree, the mantle, the works. But this year when my wife came out of the attic in September balancing boxes of ornaments, I knew we’d entered a new realm.
We’re not the only ones eager for some holiday cheer. Last week, the National Retail Federation forecasted this year’s holiday sales to increase between 3.6% and 5.2% over 2019.
Such a sharp increase in spending made me wonder: Collectively, are we turning to retail therapy to help cope with our feelings from a tough year? At our house, I think the answer might be yes. We’ve definitely spent more on decorations this year. And I’ve personally been tempted to spend more on gifts to lift the spirits of my family and friends.
So what do we do with this desire to spend? Is there a way we can channel it in another direction to avoid overextending? To that end, the Van Cleve household has taken four steps to keep things in check this holiday season. While everyone and every family has a unique situation, read on for some universal guardrails that can help keep us all on track as we bask in the warm glow of the holidays — albeit a little bit longer than usual this year.
From my family and the USAA family to yours, may the 2020 holiday season be filled with good health, blessings, love, laughter and much joy.
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