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The 5 Characters of Christmas: Which One Are You?

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Which actor would best portray your Christmas spirit in a movie? Chevy Chase? Jimmy Stewart? Or Jamie Lee Curtis?

Well, guess what? Odds are they’ve already played the role. Each of those people has starred in a Christmas film. And based on their performances (and others), we’ve identified five types of holiday personalities. Do you recognize yourself in any of these characters?

The optimist—Clark Griswold from Christmas Vacation

Most of Clark’s efforts to make Christmas merry end in disaster, but he doesn’t lose hope. He’s an optimist. And optimists want everything big and beautiful—think Clark’s house draped with Christmas lights. This person stays positive even when they shop at eight different stores to find the right gift. The joy of the holiday carries them whether they overspend on gifts or make homemade presents to save money.

The scrambler—Luther and Nora Krank from Christmas with the Kranks

The Kranks don’t plan to celebrate Christmas, but they hustle to pull it off after discovering their daughter Blair is coming home to surprise them. Scramblers let the yuletide season sneak up on them. They wait until the last minute before dashing to the store for gifts. Since the holiday came out of nowhere, a scrambler doesn’t have a budget in place and might buy way too much stuff with a credit card. If you know anybody like this, give them a heads-up: “Hey, friend, this year, Christmas is in December!”

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The stresser—George Bailey from It’s a Wonderful Life

George is so concerned about his problems that he fails to see the blessings in his life. Those in the stresser category are overwhelmed at Christmas, and money is one of the chief concerns, along with sending gifts to everyone they know and being on time for every party. Their issues might not be as severe as a job loss or marriage problems, but it’s still enough to take their attention away from the true blessings. Even when it’s cold outside, stressers could enjoy the holiday season a lot more if they’d take a chill pill.

The shopportunist—Howard Langston from Jingle All the Way

Workaholic Howard Langston races all over town to buy the hottest holiday toy of the year for his son. A shopportunist wants to purchase the perfect gift and visits every mall, website and online auction to locate it. Those hard-to-find presents usually carry sky-high price tags.The shopportunist might not have the positive attitude of an optimist, but they have determination.

The grump—Walter Hobbs from Elf

Walter Hobbs isn’t much for Christmas. Even after his elf son Buddy arrives from the North Pole, he takes a while to warm up to the idea of celebrating the holidays. The good news about a grump is they won’t overspend. The bad news is it’s because they don’t like buying presents. Be patient with a grump and show ’em some love. That’s the Christmas spirit, right?

As you can see, holiday personality types cover a wide range—with spending habits to match. It’s exciting to figure out which one you are. Doing so can help you better understand yourself and your approach to money.

Which character do you most identify with? Let us know by leaving a comment below!