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Welcome back. Happy Giving Tuesday β€” America led the world in giving in the last decade.

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1 big thing: The season of family time

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Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

When considering what makes life meaningful, Americans across age, party and home state agree: It's family.

  • Why it matters: Watch cable news or scroll social media, and it might start to seem like we seldom agree on anything. But the power of family unites us.

πŸ“Š By the numbers: 83% of American adults β€” including 82% of Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents and 85% of Republicans and leaners β€” say they get a great deal or quite a bit of meaning and fulfillment from spending time with family, according to a new Pew Research Center survey.

  • And in a Pew study from 2021, people from every age group ranked family as the top source of meaning in life β€” above work and financial wellbeing.

🧠 Reality check: Even though family time is a top priority across the country, Americans are actually spending significantly more time alone.

🌲Worth noting: Another one of life's gifts Americans value is the great outdoors. 71% of adults, including 72% of Republicans and 70% of Democrats, said they get quite a bit or a great deal of fulfillment from spending time outside and experiencing nature.

The bottom line: If you have the chance to be with family and friends this season, savor it. And maybe even consider spending some of that time together outside!

πŸ“ The free gift list

Thank you to the dozens of readers who answered our call for free or inexpensive holiday gift ideas.

Here's one via Finish Liner Wendi S. from Eden Prairie, Minnesota:

  • "This will cost you just one hour a month but will make someone feel valued and loved all through the year. Give the gift of a one-on-one call with a friend or relative who lives in a different state. Put it on your calendar, and make it more important than the everyday demands of life."