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Americans seek simpler Christmas season

91%

of Americans feel holidays are too commercial and the idea of peace on Earth has been forgotten by too many people.


27%

feel pressured to have a more elaborate or expensive holiday than they'd like.

39%

would save money or pay off debts if they didn't feel pressured to give gifts. 35% would give gifts anyway.

58%

buy fewer gifts or otherwise have simpler holiday celebrations than they did three years ago.

33%

of those who have simplified the holidays did so to have a celebration more in keeping with their family values; 12% did it to reduce stress; 11% did it to have more time with friends and family.


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