I suppose that I can't talk because our own budget has been blown in 2014. I say 'our' because I share the cost of Christmas presents with Lou's dad. There would not have been a divorce if we didn't have major differences but we do agree on some things. One of them is that kids shouldn't benefit materially from a marriage break up because parents are trying to out compete each other in the gift buying stake. That just seems plain wrong. Aside from a few tiny bits and pieces (think Poundland here!) there is just one carefully thought out present. There's a Kindle Fire with a rather essential protective case waiting for a certain eleven year old. It'll be rather handy in the van where book storage space is at a minimum. He'll also be able to take his pick of movies from Amazon Prime which isn't available on my existing Samsung tablet.
Proudly, I seem to recall that travel is one of the things that Louis values most. In my fiftieth birthday year we want to see grizzly bears in Yellowstone in 2015. The picture above serves as a useful reminder. If festive spending were unrestricted we wouldn't be able to share the experiences that are more important to us than accumulating a lot of stuff.