In every case, we have been manipulated by marketers, advertisers, and retailers to shop more and more and more.
The artificial manipulation to change our wants and spending stems from our internal desire to create the perfect holiday experience with magical memories for our family and kids. Shopping promised to meet that need, but only detracts from it.
As much as I would love to peach about minimalism some more, the best thing to others that don't subscribe to to the same view point is to try and remind others about the manipulation involved.
Shopping is such a minefield I only managed to make sense of it once I took a step back and saw it for what it was. Companies trying to make more money in the endless pursuit of growth. Something that is understandable, manipulative but also something you don't have to subscribe to.