The holiday season is on our doorstep in the United States. As September winds down, get ready to take on this uniquely American holiday trifecta: HALLOWEEN, THANKSGIVING, & CHRISTMAS.

We’ll close out the months of October, November, and December by spending our dollars, creativity and time in a variety of ways. From buying Halloween candy to sending out Christmas cards, Americans love spending in all its forms to celebrate these holiday traditions.

Fast Facts on Age and Origin

  • HALLOWEEN │This reigns as the oldest of holidays. Halloween dates back to 4000 B.C. and was born in the land of the Celts.
  • CHRISTMAS │The most global of the three holidays, Christians first noted the birth of Jesus Christ in 336 A.D.
  • THANKSGIVING │Only officially declared a national holiday in 1941, this quintessential American holiday began nearly 400 years ago when our country’s colonial settlers and their Native American friends first feasted together in 1621.

Ways We Celebrate

  • HALLOWEEN │Candy is king….73% give out candy, followed by decorating (51%), pumpkin carving (46%), partying (34%), and dressing up in costume (31%).
  • THANKSGIVING │Turkey rules the roost….88% cook and eat 45 million turkeys. Millions also travel and tune in to watch Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.
  • CHRISTMAS │It’s a close call between the tree (83% get one) and Santa Claus (80% of children believe). Moreover, despite our consumerist zeal during this holiday, a majority of Americans (62%) celebrate the true spirit of the holiday by donating their time or money to a charitable cause.

Where the Money Goes

HALLOWEEN │More than half the total $5.8 billion is spent on candy and costumes.

THANKSGIVING │The average classic, homemade Thanksgiving dinner costs $43.47, notably less than the average $268 cost of a Christmas dinner, thanks to the labors of pulling it off at home and sharing with friends, family and neighbors.

CHRISTMAS │The average $750 a person spends on gift shopping is just the tip of the iceberg. Christmas trees, Christmas dinner, and 1.9 billion Christmas cards makes this holiday the undisputed budget buster.

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