Foster family with a dozen kids spend £8,000 each year on Christmas presents

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A family with a dozen foster children have revealed they spend around $10,000 (£8,000) on Christmas gifts for the children.

Teachers, Alicia and Josh Dougherty, aged 41 and 42, went viral on TikTok as they began documenting the pandemonium of their lives as the Dougherty Dozen over lockdown.

After getting married in 2003, the New York couple experienced infertility and 11 miscarriages, so they made the decision to foster.

Over the years, they managed to get pregnant but continued to foster other children.

Their brood grew to a dozen, including Alex, 15, James, 14, Patrick, 13, Bree, 10, Zoey, 9, Dash, Jordan and Jason, all aged 7, Bodhi, 5, and Harlee, 3.

Over the 11 years since they started growing their family, they have developed their own Christmas traditions which they will be live streaming for their three million fans this year.

Alicia told the Daily Star: "Christmas is one of our favourite days of the year! It’s a constant flow of chaos and happiness.

"On Christmas Eve we get McDonald’s for dinner and drive around and look at Christmas lights.

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"Then, on Christmas Day the kids open presents, Friends and Family stop by throughout the day and we watch old Christmas movies.

"Our tradition is to have a Honey Baked Ham and tons of food. And watch old Christmas movies like Holiday Inn, White Christmas and It’s A Wonderful Life."

She added that the family starts its Christmas preparations at the start of December and they can spend "about $10,000" on the children every year.

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This works out to just over $830 per child.

According to Know Your Value, Josh and Alicia follow the motto: “There’s always room for one more.”

However, Alicia insists that the "factory is closed" for biological children but they “will always continue to foster and adopt”.

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