It’s not the snow outside or the freezing temperatures that are the biggest indicators that Santa’s on his way. No, that accolade belongs to my bank balance, which is etching ominously closer to the red.
Over the festive period, it’s estimated that consumers spend over $1 trillion. With presents, food and alcohol all to be brought, nearly every family ends up having to make cutbacks in January just to get by.
But what if money was no object? Last year, a television show in the UK looked at some of the ways billionaires celebrate Christmas.
From live penguins to 60 foot Christmas trees, these families have the bank balance to make the wildest of fantasies comes true.
A Michelin Star Meal
How does having your Christmas lunch cooked by a Michelin-starred chef sound? Good, right? Well, that’s until you look at the cost.
Being waited on by one of the world’s best will set you back an eye-watering £30,000 (€34,000). Still, at least you don’t have to do the washing up.
Forget party hats and naff jokes – a billionaire’s cracker is all about the bling.
One online retailer supplies crackers to the rich containing diamond jewellery worth anywhere from £85,000 to a quarter of a million pounds.
To make sure the crackers look as good on the outside as what’s contained on the inside, they’re decorated with white goose feathers.
The Advent Calendar Worth Ten Thousand Pounds
While most of us are delighted to open another door of our chocolate advent calendar, the super-rich can afford to push the boat out a little further.
And with no work to worry themselves over, they can even have something with a little alcoholic content.
Step forward the whisky advent calendar. Behind each door lies a whisky miniature, each worth around £50 (€57).
The man behind the calendar, Michael Vacho, believes the £10k price tag is somewhat of a snip. Despite his opinion, I think I’ll be sticking with my chocolate, thanks.
Respected designer Clark Bearman revealed to the show that several well-off clients had requested their homes to be turned into life-like North Poles, complete with live penguins.
To make matters worse, Bearman revealed that despite spending thousands on decorations on their homes, many billionaires aren’t even there to enjoy it in person.
“They will be on their yachts in the Bahamas and just check it on their webcams.” He revealed.