Director, Commonwealth Policy Center

The National Retail Federation, projects holiday retail sales in November and December will be between $717.45 billion to $720.89 billion That's a lot of cookie dough! Giving gifts are part of the Christmas tradition but when our spending gets out of hand, we can easily lose sight of what Christmas is about. Instead of mindless purchasing, why not donate to a charitable organization? The Salvation Army, Angel Tree, and local soup kitchens are all worthy of your support. You could even volunteer with them.  Or maybe you could adopt a family in need and provide a Christmas meal and gifts for their children. If you're interested in recapturing the Christmas spirit, look for ways to help those less fortunate. Do this, and it might be the most joyful and rewarding Christmas you'll ever have. Merry Christmas!