We didn't do gifts this year, in fact we seldom celebrate Christmas with gifts. I guess I have too many other things I have to spend money on. And seriously...how much of what you give is actually really used. I don't know, we never really had gifts as children, so gifts at Christmas were never something I was used to.

When my kids were small we tried so hard to make Christmas fun for the kids but once they were grown and moved out. We all decided it was more important to get the bills paid then to buy things that were probably more useless than not.

Every family is different. And by all means...yes, if you can afford it! Go for it!

I was curious to see if the retailers showed an increase or decrease in spending this year!