Mum who buys 300 Christmas presents for her kids insists she's not spoiling them
Anything for my little angels...
When the mum who posted this picture of her Christmas tree almost buried under a mountain of presents to her social media feed, she faced a huge backlash.
Mum-of-three Emma Tapping from the Isle of Man posted a picture to her Instagram feed of the teetering pile of presents under her Christmas tree, and was shocked to find that the picture had been screen-grabbed and posted online with the following caption:
"Nearly time for all the materialistic parents to compete and broadcast how many presents their kids have on Facebook! Just remember there are some children' who don't get much."
Tapping found herself having to defend buying her three children "up to 85 presents each", explaining that she has every right to indulge her children at Christmas time.
The 27-year-old spends £1,500 on presents for her two daughters, aged 13 and nine, and her 19-month-old son, but insists she is neither rich nor indulgent with them the rest of the year.
"You can buy your children two presents or 200 but it is the way you bring them up," the mother-of-three explains. "They could have two presents and still be a little terror."
On how she accumulates her festive haul, Tapping explains that she starts shopping in the sales in January, and will pick up items throughout the year to wrap up come Christmas time.
"I start shopping in January and use every bargain, every sale I can, that's how I do it, I shop all year round to make the pile as big as it is."
On why she buys so much, and whether or not it will spoil her kids, she says: "My kids know the difference between right and wrong, they appreciate everything they get and they don't get spoilt throughout the year, we don't go on expensive holidays. If they break something like their phone they have to save up their money to replace it."
The photo sparked massive reaction online, with many condemning the mother for turning Christmas into a game of "present boasting".
"Getting a chid that much stuff is silly. They will have no appreciation for little things in life. Absolute daft" says Twitter-user @Paulkezza<
"Hate pics of presents like this! Stop pressie bragging!" Twitter-user @JanineNicholas
Others defended Tapping's right to buy whatever she pleases for her own children:
"We should stop comparing ourselves to 1 another & stop shaming each other. Presents or not it's our choice." Twitter-user @Kelsie_Finn
What do you think? Is this every parent's right, or completely over the top?