Last year British mother Emma Tapping made headlines after posting her Christmas tree swamped with more than 300 presents for her family. Despite the abuse she received she’s set to spend even more on her kids this year!
Think your kids are spoilt at Christmas time? Does your Christmas tree disappear under a mountain of presents?
Well if the answer is yes to either of the above, it may not be to the same degree as this 36-year-old mum-of-three.
Last year Emma Tapping found herself in the centre of a media storm after posting on social media a picture of her Christmas tree disappearing under a tower of presents.
“I didn’t think anything of it, and then within a couple of days it had been shared 100,000 times,” she says.
“I’d gone from being a normal mum to being in the papers, being talked about, being on TV.”
Last year Ms Tapping splashed out around £1500 ($2500) on her three children; Mia, 14, Ella, 10, and baby Tatum.
Despite the barrage of negative comments, Emma says nothing is going to put her off spending up large this festive season. Reports have suggested that this year she’s going to spend even more on her kids.
Her shopping sprees have since launched her and her family into even further fame, starring in a new British documentary, Xmas Excess: Parents Splash The Cash.
The 36-year-old is not letting anyone’s opinion of her shopping habits dampen her Christmas spirit either – despite the accusations that she’s abusing her children.
“What I love about Christmas is the magic of it, and it’s family time for me, it’s about being with my loved ones and I love seeing their faces when I give them gifts,” she says.
So What’s Christmas Morning Like In The Tapping Household?
“I do go overboard at Christmas, definitely. It’s loads of pressies, loads of food, stuffing your face and just relaxing, having a good old day,” she says.
“I think they had about 85 presents each last year. This year they’ve got about 96 each, so they’ve got a few more bits.
“It’s a bit like Jenga — if you pull the wrong one out you might lose a child for a few hours,” she jokes.
Emma Responds To The Backlash
“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,” she says.
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.”
“When it first happened (the media frenzy) I felt like I had to stick up for the kids. I felt like I had to justify what I was doing.
“Now I couldn’t give a toss what anyone thinks. It’s not going to change the way I do things, and if they don’t like it, it’s a good job I’m not their mum.”
Well, regardless of the many and varied opinions out there, we wish Emma Tapping and her family a Merry Christmas and a Healthy New Year!
Meanwhile, if you want ideas on how to save on last minute Christmas shopping, here are 5 Savvy Saving Christmas Gifts.