Spending on Christmas decorations remains the same in 2018

Published: Nov. 29, 2018 at 9:39 PM CST
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Putting up decorations is a holiday tradition for many eastern Iowa families.


said consumers will spend an average of more than $1,000 this holiday season, with retails sales totaling as much as $720 billion. That's up about 4 percent from 2017.

Much of the money will be spent on gifts and food, but experts say a good chunk of the money will go decorations, adding up to just over $215 per person.

National data show what Americans are spending on decorations has changed much over the last few years.

Local stores say they've also seen it stay the same.

The manager at the North Liberty True Value said he sees more people buying outside lights and electrical cords, but has noticed a change in how people spend.

"People are going after LED bulbs, saving money," said Ryan Kennedy. "I think people still take pride in what they're yards look like, getting that kind of Christmas spirit. I don't really see that going away."

There's no chance of it going away for a home on Troon Court in North Liberty. The owner says they've been putting on a display for the last 15 years and they wouldn't dream of forgetting about it.

"We have kids that have been coming here since they were five," said Lorrie Crandall. "They're 13 now and they'll thank us and say 'we look forward to this every year, it's one of our things to do.' That just makes it all worthwhile."

Crandall said she has no idea how much money all of their decorations would add up to. Many of them have been added throughout the year, some are even homemade.

They say they'll leave their display up through the new year.