Not to be too "bah humbug?" on Christmas eve - that's not what this is about, but while reading about the dad selling his kids toys on eBay here, it got me thinking about something else near and dear to my heart. Do you and your spouse/significant other disagree on how many gifts or how much should be spent on the kids at Christmas? In general, my wife and I tend to be on a fairly common train of thought - but in this instance we are a little more of opposite bents. As a child, my parents didn't make tons of money, but we generally got a couple of nice gifts at Christmas, as well as the requisite number of clothes and other miscellany. But in general, we didn't get a lot. And as far as I'm concerned, it worked out okay. I don't find that I am too materialistic (heck, I'm the only one on the planet without an iPod right now), not do I feel that my childhood sucked because I was screwed on presents. So naturally, I tend to think we should lay off the gifts for the kids (they are 4 and 1), getting them a couple of nice things, as well as some books and such, but not going to far out with things. My wife, while not so much spending a lot of money (everything is bought on sale, etc.), tends to want to get many gifts. A lot of them are educational, I suppose (books, etc.), but I just think it gets to be too much for kids that are so young (my 1 year old son will just as likely play with the wrapping paper as the gift). So my question is - does anyone else have this issue, and if so, how do you deal with it? Does anyone have a "phase-out" plan where old toys get donated to charity? If so, which ones have you found to be the best? Merry Christmas!