Re: How many gifts for Christmas?
I've never really counted. And it varies somewhat. They usually get gifts from family, so each will get 5, plus whatever my parents buy (mine were the only grandkids for a long time, so got a decent amount), plus whatever we buy.
We really have never focused on a certain number. And actually, I make sure we have gifts for family and then I look at the budget for us. Last year we really only got each child one thing, but they were large items (dollhouse, very large Lego set, and an iPod Touch). Several gifts that the kids open are for the whole family, not just them. We are big on games, so we almost always have at least 2 games for the family under the tree.
This year we're just getting them each one thing (might make it two and have one be a book, as they all love to read), plus stocking stuffers (they get food and one, maybe two little things in their stockings). I talked to my mom about not going overboard, either, so she bought them a telescope to share, plus a smaller something for each. I love to see the big pile of gifts under the tree, but the kids are losing touch with what Christmas is really about.