Brightly colored Christmas trees are already up in the big boxes and local shops this year, displayed in rows, their breathtaking light displays winking back at you from across the store. It’s enough to give you holiday buying fever –- as it was intended to. Just keep your head, and remember you don’t need to spend yet.
If you’re in need of some new holiday swag and there’s any way you can limp through this year and wait until December 26th, do it. The same 7-1/2’ tree with the $150 price tag will go for about $20 after Xmas. In fact, everything else’ll be slashed, too. Don’t fall for the glitz and glitter — $50 after the season will get you an entire attic full of light-up crap.