Anadolu Agency

Is it too soon to start working on the Christmas List?  Not if you’re my daughter Kate.  She is already on the job! So cute, so expensive! Sheesh!

According to a published report from NBC, a recent survey indicates the average shopper is feeling a little merrier this holiday season, planning to spend about 6 percent more than last year, for a an average total of $1,226. Higher income Americans plan to boost Holiday expenses by 15%!  (Let’s hope charitable giving is up too!)

Accounting and professional services company Deloitte conducted a survey and found “ folks are feeling better about the economy and their economic situation…and have gotten away from this notion that they're embarrassed by spending."

The National Retail Federation is optimistic but a little more conservative predicting an average spend of just over $967, based on the results of its annual holiday spending survey.    Looks like Santa and someone are making Christmas great again?