Sears Survey Shows That Americans Still Want to Focus on ‘Tradition’
When it comes to celebrating the holidays, Americans have always relied on traditions to make the season special. From baking cookies, to singing Christmas carols, to decorating the tree, families draw on festivities to not only make memories, but also as a way to have fun and stay connected. This year they are putting traditions at the top of their list of “must haves.” In fact, a new consumer survey, commissioned by Sears, reveals that during challenging economic times, 90% of Americans become more focused on celebrating family traditions as well as creating new ones.
“This Holiday season more than ever, Americans are getting creative with how they will make the most of their Holiday celebrations with everything from adopting new traditions to altering the way they shop,” said Don Hamblen, vice president and chief marketing officer for Sears. “Our company is known for its long-standing traditions so we understand just how important traditions are to families. Whether it’s putting a twist on an old favorite with the new interactive, online version of the Sears Wish Book, or something entirely new, Sears continues to look for ways to bring value to our customers this Holiday season by helping them create and keep family traditions.”
According to the survey, 18% of Americans plan to develop new traditions such as using a grab bag or secret Santa approach to gift giving, 25% are buying an artificial tree rather than a real one, 43% are asking their guests to bring food to the festivities so costs are shared and 63% are setting spending limits on gift giving. While many will give fewer gifts to friends and family, and send e-cards instead of paper cards, 80% of Americans admit that celebrating the Holidays without traditions would be worse than a Holiday without gifts.