Christmas is great, but it can be financially demanding. With that in mind we decided to commission a survey to see just how Christmas affects you all, both emotionally and economically. Take the survey now to see how YOU feel about Christmas!
We split the responses up between parents and non-parents and the results were startling. While parents tend to be more worried at the thought of Christmas, they were also half as likely to feel depressed about the Christmas season as those without kids.
Part of this stress may be due to the increased cost of Christmas for parents who, as you can see, tend to spend more than people without children.
One of the biggest causes of this may be the Christmas adverts we’re bombarded with every Christmas. Only 16% of people we asked, thought that children didn’t have unrealistic expectations of Christmas due to these adverts.
While it may be better to give than to receive, some of our contestants found giving presents extra stressful as they felt like they were being judged by the presents they were giving.
If you’re still struggling not to go into debt over Christmas, don’t worry as you’re not alone. Almost half of responders (42%) were in the same boat last year.
If you’re worried about how much Christmas is going to cost you, why not read through our guide to keeping costs down over Christmas or try out some of these simple DIY projects that can give you a unique, and cheap, Christmas?
We also asked parents for some tips for keeping costs down. Richard Conway suggested keeping your costs down by “planning well with what I’m getting and getting it all through most of the year. this way the cost is spend nicely with less stress.”
Sonia Patterson is also very proactive when it comes to finding deals. Sonia asks her children well in advance what they would like from Santa, putting their requests into my wish lists on sites like Amazon, etc. and buying when they go down in price.
So, while you may be doomed to finding presents in the Christmas rush this year, you can follow their advice and start your Christmas 2017 planning in the January Sales!
Do you have any advice you’d like to share this Christmas? Why not talk about it in the comments section or on our Facebook page?