The amount some parents spend on their kids at Christmas is quite horrifying.

A glance at some of the online forums shows that some people think it's perfectly acceptable to spend thousands on presents for their children.

A survey by Bic Kids reveals that parents in the North East of England spend the most on toys and gifts for their kids - a massive £286.70 on average.

Parents in Northern Ireland, Wales, the Midlands, Scotland, the North West and Yorkshire all spend more than £200.

Surprisingly parents in London spend the least, an average of £164.02.

Two-thirds of parents also admit to feeling stressed in the run-up to Christmas. I'm not surprised, if they're forking out that amount of money.

These kind of sums are making me feel rather miserly as we have only spent about £20 on our daughter so far, and don't intend to shell out very much more.

To be fair, our daughter will only be 11 months old at Christmas and I would expect to spend a bit more when she gets older. But I hope it won't run into the hundreds and certainly not the thousands.

Lots of relatives will also be buying her presents - how much stuff does she need? And how much stuff do we have space for in the house?

I also hope we can resist "pester power" – I don't remember nagging my parents for this toy or that toy. Christmas presents were usually a surprise up until we were teenagers, and they were much better for it if you ask me.

I realise this makes me sound terribly old-fashioned and strict...

So let me know - how much do you spend on your children at Christmas? Do you buy them everything they ask for? And are you cutting back this year because of the recession?

Source: Made for Mums