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Christmas, by the numbers: 5 facts about holiday season spending

Christmas tree with a sale sign in an American shopping mall. Would you go into debt for Christmas?

American consumers will spend more than $1 trillion on Christmas this year, and people around the world will go into debt. Image: REUTERS/Mark Makela

Douglas Broom
Senior Writer, Forum Agenda
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