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8 Fun Things To Do During The Holidays That Have Nothing To Do With Shopping

Many of us are concerned that the holidays have lost meaning and become all about retail therapy. Gift-giving is nice, but it's not everything. That's why people are shifting their focus to spending "time" during the holidays instead of just money.

Quicky Facts:

  • 51% of Americans shopped on Black Friday, and 46% shopped on Cyber Monday.
  • 45% plan to shop on Thanksgiving.
  • It's becoming increasingly common for shoppers to go into debt with "Black Friday" loans.
  • Costco, GameStop, T.J. Maxx, and Marshalls are closing on Thanksgiving to give employees family time.

Here are some ways people are taking back their holidays!

Spend time in the great outdoors. Go to a cottage and appreciate nature.

Instead of buying tons of new clothes, clean out your closet and donate some of yours to charity.

Educate your palate at a wine tasting tour.

If you want something new, it doesn't have to be bought. Why not try a new recipe?

Volunteer for a place you feel passionate about, like a soup kitchen.

Take some "me" time. Pamper yourself by booking a massage.

Go all out on decorating.

Spend time hanging out with your best friend.

Well ... you gave it some thought but you're still totally hitting the shops?

Check out this video (especially at 1:52) to see how your level of happiness can change depending on "what" you buy.

Or you can just stay in and count all the money you're saving by skipping the mall.