Canadians on average are sharing the warmth of the season with some impressive spending totals.
The BMO 2011 Holiday Spending Outlook highlights that Canadians expect to spend $1,397 during this holiday season, an increase from the $1,305 spent in 2010.
It is an understandable total, as people work hard all year and especially want to make this time of year special.
You can see it in the faces of people shopping, that they are truly looking for that perfect gift for family and friends to open on Christmas Day.
But it isn't always the most expensive item that has the most impact.
I imagine there are a few refrigerators with special artwork lovingly crafted by young children, beaming with pride as they hand it over with a smile and a hug and a Merry Christmas.
While it is a somewhat dying art, the Christmas letter was the Facebook of its day, sharing special details and family accomplishments from the past year. We get spoiled being able to share this information on a daily basis, but this used to be an important way to catch up with people you couldn't always keep tabs on.
Another impacting way to recognize the season is simply getting together face-to-face with family and friends to celebrate. It does not cost much to simply visit and share a laugh and spend precious time together. This time is way more special than the newest gadget or latest fashion trend.
So, as we all slow down after the hustle and bustle of the season, may you create some special Christmas memories in 2011 to warm your heart.