Poll Shows Despite Economy Americans Are Holding to Christmas Traditions This Year

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While shopping is being curtailed, many Americans still look to keep holiday traditions alive like sending cards and visiting loved ones, in spite of weak economy.

We all know by now that Americans are cutting back on holiday purchasing this year, but in reading the results from our polling, clearly people don't plan to back away from traditions of extending holiday wishes and traveling to celebrate with loved ones

Belt-tightening and cutting-back on shopping do not translate into a lessening of holiday spirit for many Americans, as revealed in the results of a new poll conducted by http://www.guideposts.com. When asked: "How will the economic situation affect your holiday season?" more than 1 out of 4 who took the poll said: "It won't really change my holiday." Even though 58% answered: "I'm cutting down on my holiday spending," few showed any indication of reducing traditional holiday activities. Less than 5% answered: "I won't be sending out Christmas cards" and less than that said: "I won't be traveling." The poll was conducted online between 12/8 and 12/14.

"We all know by now that Americans are cutting back on holiday purchasing this year, but in reading the results from our polling, clearly people don't plan to back away from traditions of extending holiday wishes and traveling to celebrate with loved ones," according to Anne Simpkinson, Online Managing Editor at Guideposts. "http://www.guideposts.com has many stories about real people whose faith-filled lives and experiences are an inspiration to all of us during the holidays."

Two of the many Christmas stories featured on Guideposts website highlight the strong commitment people have to sharing the spirit of the season with others. One is about Santa, Santa Cliff that is, a remarkable man in North Carolina who makes over 50 jolly appearances each November and December. Santa Cliff's gift to the children who visit him, though, goes beyond just listening to what they want for Christmas. He hears their hopes and dreams, too, writes their names in his Little Red Book and says a prayer for each one. Another, is about a woman down on her luck traveling back home to Arkansas by bus with her two young sons when they become stranded in Kansas City on Christmas Eveā€¦until a man, dressed as Santa, walks into the terminal looking to help the less fortunate.

Guideposts knows many Americans, including our readers, love to share the Christmas spirit with others. The stories and features at http://www.guidepostsmag.com/christmas/ highlight our shared sense of community, provide holiday inspiration, warm our hearts and help strengthen the values Americans hold dear.

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