Thirty-six-year-old mother gives her children 350 Christmas presents

Emma Tapping from the Isle of Man off the coast of England is excited about Christmas. So much so, that she couldn't help posting a photo of her decorated Christmas tree on Facebook. But she definitely wasn't prepared for the harsh reaction the photo received.

What was that under the tree? 350 presents for her kids? People who saw the photo couldn't believe their eyes.

Emma started her holiday shopping early and by November had already spent around $2,800 on Christmas gifts for her children. It appears that she was attempting to outdo herself. Last year she "only" gave her three kids about 300 presents. Is it really possible that 14-year-old Mia, 10-year-old Ella, and her baby boy Tatum weren't satisfied with this considerable haul?

One thing is for sure: Emma isn't taking the criticism lying down. "If you ask me do I spoil my kids, I would say at Christmas yeah I do, but I don’t spoil them throughout the year. They get their necessities, their school uniforms, the things that they need, but we don’t go on holidays abroad, they don’t go on big shopping sprees — anything they want they get it for Christmas," stated Emma.

One thing she does admit, however, is that the ever-growing pile of goodies from old St. Nick has made Christmas day in their household increasingly more chaotic and the sea of toys and wrapping paper takes quite a while to clear up. But Emma prefers to focus on the bright side: "I love seeing their faces when I give them gifts... I couldn't give a toss about what anyone thinks."

It could make you wonder whether it might not be just as good a "heap of gifts" to take the kids abroad on a trip one year — for an experience instead of new stuff. (After all, you don't have to tidy up good memories and family bonding moments like you do used wrapping paper.) 

What do you think? Is giving your children this many presents a good idea?


The Sun


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