A single mum of three has been called “ridiculous” for spending £2,000 on hundreds of Christmas presents for her three children.
37 year old Emma Tapping first hit the headlines back in 2015 for posting a picture on Facebook of her Christmas tree surrounded by a huge pile of presents.
That year, she forked out a staggering £1,500 on gifts for her two daughters and her son, which lead some people to accuse her of spoiling her kids “rotten.”
But doubling down on her plans, she has hit back at her critics by spending even more this year, as she spends an extra £500 on 300 gifts for her three children Mia, 15, Ella, 11, and three-year-old Tatun.
She has even bought so many gifts that you can barely see her Christmas tree. What is that I hear you ask? How big is the tree? Well it’s only six foot tall, so you could imagine that it’s easy to block that tree out with gifts…
I mean, just look at the picture, it’s insane.
Only the top branches of the tree are even visible above the massive amount of wrapped presents, ready to be torn into on the most wonderful day of the year!
I know we all get up early to open presents on Christmas morning, but you’ve got to think that their kids would have to get up in the middle of the night to get started unwrapping.
The pile is even bigger than in 2015, when the photo went viral, leading to online criticism.
Appearing on ITV’s This Morning today, Emma defended the amount of presents she buys forher children, saying: “I work hard for my money.”
“I start in January, shop all the way through the year, and that’s the pile at the end of the year,” she said, pointing back at her Christmas tree.
“I wouldn’t change it for the world.”
But then presenter Phillip Schofield highlighted the fact that Emma’s daughter Ella still had yet unopened presents from last year’s tsunami of gifts.
The mum said: “Yeah, she had a popcorn maker and a book that she didn’t use from last year, so out of all the presents, I don’t think that’s too bad.”
Speaking via video-link from her Isle of Man home, she added: “I work hard for my money, I work all year round for my money and why would I be slugging my guts out all year if I can’t treat my kids at Christmas?”
While it’s clear that she loves her kids and would do anything for them, which is lovely to be honest, viewers at home took to social media to voice their objection to what they see as Emma spoiling her kids.
One woman commented on Twitter: “This is obscene. While other children go hungry and people are homeless, why not donate?”
Another viewer remarked: “Could had saved a few quid and not bothered with the tree, can hardly see it.”
And another person said: “I would love to know were on earth do you store all that stuff it’s absolutely ridiculous”
But another person saw a different side to the situation, and said: “She works it’s her money it’s her choice, myself i would prefer to use the money towards holidays or trips with my kids plus my house isnt big enough to store all of that but each to their own as long as the daughter knows it’s from mum and not santa x”
Also defending Emma, another person said: “Her money, her choice! Why should anyone justify what they spend on their own families.”
Another added: “It’s her life.”
However, not many saw this side of it, with another saying: “We all want to spoil our kids at Christmas .. but that is just flipping ridiculous!!”
Emma has also admitted that she doesn’t keep track of exactly how much she is spending on her children’s presents throughout the year.
The mum, who runs a holiday cottage and a cleaning business, said in a separate interview: “Because I start shopping in January I don’t keep a tally on how much I spent, but I think it must be about £2,000.”
“I don’t spoil them throughout the year.
“If they want something they have to do chores and buy it themselves. If they break their phones for example, they don’t just get a new one from me.
“They get stuff they need but they don’t get spoiled.”
She added: “Christmas has always been a big day for me and I like to carry that on. I don’t really care what people think.
“I work and I work hard.
“I have two jobs. I think to myself, ‘it’s my money and they are my kids’.
“If I want to spoil them at Christmas, I’m going to do it and nobody is going to change my mind. I don’t care what people think.
“I’m too busy enjoying myself.
“I love everything about Christmas. I love taking the kids out to see the lights, to see the tree in town and making gingerbread.”
In 2015, the mum bought 85 presents each for her daughters, and her son got 40 presents, which is a bit unfair if you ask me.
And each year, she got her daughters 96 presents each and her son got 45.
And naturally, while a lot of people might think that their kids will grow up spoiled if they grow accustomed to getting hundreds of presents every year, Emma insists that her kids would not be bothered if she cut back on their present haul, so long as they got what was on their list.
Meanwhile today, we got to see a mum who spends about the same amount of money on her kids as Emma does – around £2,000 – despite the fact that she is on benefits, but she defended the right to splash out on her kids.
Claire Young went onto ITV’s This Morning and explained that she doesn’t work because she has ME, which is a chronic fatigue syndrome that leaves her feeling extremely tired and unwell. She also explained that her husband gave up full-time work to be her full-time carer.
But despite living on benefits, she says that she saves and scrimps so that she has to opportunity to give her children the best Christmas she can.
“I start in January and save all the year through,” she explained.
“Put £50 in a pot every week and at the end of November I have a nice amount to go and buy Christmas presents.”