Children gather to meet Santa at an air station holiday party. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Keep the holiday shopping season merry with these budgeting tips

When you see Christmas d├ęcor take over every store, you know the holiday season is near. Hanging up colorful lights and dusting off mini North Pole villages can be fun; nevertheless, when you start pulling money from your pocket to cover holiday expenses, the holiday cheer can fade away. But it doesn’t have to!