Did I spend too much for Christmas?? Probably.
If so, its partly because I'm still financing my college aged student who cannot get a job and gave him a Christmas allowance. I spent more than my goal of twenty five dollars per person (not including my children), I admit. But everyone in my family is very generous with gifts, and they are all things people will really use, not just put aside. Asked for items like good measuring spoons and cups, for example.
Last year I spent a huge amount on my children, this year I forced myself to stop at two thirds of that amount, so I am slowly improving my gift management skills.
Next year my goals is to have as many handmade gifts (quilts, knitting, food baskets) as possible, but I realize that I have to plan that over a year. Some people may be able to make gifts for everyone beginning in October, but that's not me.
I cut my budget in half this year, hopefully I can do so next year, without lowering the quality and enjoyment of the gifts.