As we all know Christmas is one of the most wonderful times of the year. It's also one of the most expensive.
eMarketer has forecast that total US retail sales will climb 3.8% to $1.008 trillion, making it the first-ever trillion-dollar holiday season, while US retail ecommerce spending will rise 13.2% to $135.35 billion.
More than six out of 10 people told Bankrate they feel pressure to overspend on either presents, travel, social outings or charitable donations during the holiday season .
That being said, a teacher in County Durham is looking to make some changes. She wamts to "reduce stress a little" by asking parents to donate money to a charitable cause instead of getting her a Christmas gift.
Mrs Gardener who is a teacher at St Patrick's school in Dipton, sent a letter home with each child saying that she "thoroughly enjoys" teaching the children and doesn't need a gift.
According to Chronicle Live, the kind gesture has warmed the hearts of parents at St Patrick's school in Dipton, especially Steff Ravenhall who was delighted by the gesture when her 7-year-old daughter, Harriet, brought the letter home.
Not only did this teacher invite families to send in an anonymous donation of no more than £2 to help those in greater need, but this would be an educational lesson too.
She said: "This half term we will be focusing on money in maths and the real meaning of Christmas in our RE lessons. With this in mind I would like the children to be involved in the social responsibility of giving and and kindness and plan to support a local family."
Once the envelopes have been received, the children, she said, would count up the money and use it to plan which items to purchase from a local shop.
Steff, who shared the picture o Facebook, was impressed and hopes it will encourage other schools to do the same.
She told Birmingham Live: "I just thought it was really heart-warming, and it obviously takes the pressure off, because you do worry about getting the teachers presents at this time of year.My daughter has been to a few different schools and it's always a topic of conversation for the parents, who is getting something, who is not going to bother, how much they're spending. Everyone just wants to get it right. "
The mum has already received messages online from teachers hoping to share the idea, and the post has been shared hundreds of times on Facebook.
One woman commented: "What a lovely thing to do ,, well done Mrs Gardiner!"
And another said: "This is an amazing idea and I wish other schools would do this!"