The meaning of Christmas has changed over the decades from a religious and relatively sober festival to an occasion whereby extravagant gifts are exchanged. I just read an article this week that women expect their partner to spend half their week salary on gifts for her, which equates to just under £300 (about $500). Top wanted gifts are top branded shoes or Burberry coat. Men apparently are expecting iPads, Rolex watch and a football season ticket.
According to another research the average UK household will spend around £800 on Christmas this year, with 75% of that going to presents for family and friends, 20% on food and the rest on decorations, cards etc.
To be honest, that is quite shocking.
I remember when I was a child we spend about £10 on presents for each person. We had the tradition with Sint Nicolaas (5th December) to have surprise gifts. Each member of the households had its name dropped in a box and we had to draw one name. For that person you would buy a more elaborate gift and spend maximum £20. To make it more special you had to do some imaginative gift wrapping. This was not simple paper, Read more