Before I get too much into this post, let me just say that I love giving presents...I love watching someone open up a gift from me & seeing them smile & say "This is great!" or "I love this!". I really do get a lot of joy out of that....and honestly, I don't even care if I get a gift in return.
However, as our family grows, so too, does the cost of Christmas. While my sister & I were driving back from Texas this weekend, I made a "rough draft" list of who I needed to buy for. I think this year, the list is up to 24 or 25. I usually budget certain amounts for each person. This year, the total budget is about $600 dollars...that's not including the amount of money Matt & I will spend on each other. I usually don't hold back when it comes to Matt...I have been known to spend $200 or more on him alone. He's so good to me throughout the year, that it's the least I can do (yeah, yeah, most of you are sticking your finger down your throat, imitating puking noises).
But, come on, spending $600 + for Christmas is CRAZY! Then when you add in stocking stuffers, wrapping paper, bows & gift tags...it could get close to $800!
Even though that's a lot of money, it's worth it, when I get to see my 4 year old nephew's face when he opens the "Cars" DVD!