Behind the Poll

Every year, it seems Christmas becomes more about expensive gifts and fancy holiday decorations than about the deeper reasons for celebrating Christmas.

The consulting firm Deloitte reports that 73 percent of retail executives expect higher spending this holiday season as compared to last, bringing the per-shopper average right back up to its 2019 fighting weight of almost $1,500.

And for what? In many cases, holiday buying habits are driven by a need to meet imagined expectations, an attempt to bring happiness to loved ones.

-Eve Andrews,

What do you think, should children be taught the true meaning of Christmas?