Rising cost of Christmas

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The cost of Christmas is getting higher, according to a new survey.

Recent figures shown by Nest (National Employment Savings Trust), the new pension scheme, and Moneysupermarket.com, show consumers will spend £20,072 on 
Christmas during their working life.

After many retail outlets were taking a hit thanks to the recession, more than £1.75 billion was spent this weekend, with spending up across the UK.

The British Retail Consortium predict that this weekend could be even busier.

A spokesman said: “It’s a welcome boost that people are starting to make their way through their Christmas shopping list.”

The research also found that individuals plan to spend on average £445 on Christmas this year, up from £437 in 2011.

But how are southsiders handling the rising cost of the festive season?

Mother and daughter Mary Wallace (73) and Mary Hutchison (51) from Pollokshaws save up for Christmas throughout the year.

Mary Wallace told The Extra: “I want to make sure my family gets what they want to I spread the cost over the year, it make it a lot easier when the time comes around.

Mrs Hutchison added: “I definitely follow my mum’s lead. There is obviously a lot to buy at Christmas but if you pay for it over the year it’s not too bad”.

George Douglas, who owns a furniture business in Shawlands, says he “doesn’t waste his time with Christmas.

The 51-year-old said: “It’s turned completely commercial and it is a total rip off.

“I brought up five kids on my own and it was very difficult juggling loans.

“Now I just don’t bother with it. I will work on Christmas day”.

Ann Guthrie, a 66-year-old doing her Christmas shopping in Shawlands thinks “prices are out of control”.

She said: “It just keeps getting more expensive year on year.

“However, it’s the only time you really can splash out without feeling guilty, so you might as well.

“I like to cook a big dinner on Christmas day and I wouldn’t change that for anything”.

Bill Terra (70) is a writer originally from Colorado who lives in Pollokshields.

He said: “I keep the people I buy for to a very close group so I don’t have much expenditure at Christmas.

“A big chunk of my spending goes on Christmas dinner. It’s good to have a blowout now and again”.

Thornliebank man Tommy Cockburn (81) thinks 
“people go overboard at Christmas”.

He said: “It’s nice to buy people close to you what they need, but it’s not worth spending over the odds”.