The Best Day for Christmas Shopping
With up to 75 percent discounts on a wider variety of goods, the two weeks following December 25 may be the best time for Christmas shopping. And as the economy slowly recovers, more families are planning to delay the holiday.
According to Deloitte’s annual holiday survey, 6 percent of 5,000 respondents said they planned to shop for Christmas presents in January.
IBM consulting claims that last year December 26 retail sales increased by 22 percent and December 27 retail sales increased by 56 percent.
"Just because it’s a day late doesn’t mean it’s going to be any less special or didn’t come from the same sentiment," says Elaine Wu, a marketing manager for BlogHer, a startup website in Silicon Valley. "It just means that it’s going to save us 60%."
Christmas, which is a Christian holiday celebrating the birth of Jesus, is also a holiday of consumption for the U.S. economy. Stores offer more discounted products and extended hours to accomodate consumers’ needs.
But such an emphasis on consumption has diminished the real meaning of Christmas. The holiday should be about spending time with loved ones. An emphasis on consumerism may spur growth in the economy, but it also makes people forget that it shouldn’t be about the gifts.
I’m not saying I don’t enjoy opening presents. But I much more enjoy the laughs shared with my loved ones, the smiles on their faces, and the delicious food that brings us together.
This Christmas, be sure to celebrate family and friends. And if you want to save some money, remember that shopping after Christmas is better for your bank account.
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