For many, Christmas is a fantastic opportunity for family and friends to get together to share the celebrations and festivities. However, Christmas can also be an expensive period, with the average British adult expecting to whip out the credit card to spend £445 this Christmas, and this figure is increasing every year.

As a nation we're expecting to spend an astonishing £22 billion on Christmas this year, with the majority of that outlay going towards presents.

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The real magic of Christmas is the joy that it brings to so many children. Unfortunately, this means that the largest pressures appear to fall on parents, with a large percentage admitting that they are prepared to spend whatever it takes to keep their kids happy. With the latest trends being computer consoles and iPads, this doesn't come cheap! We've researched how much Brits are likely to be spending this Christmas.

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