A British mom who bought 300 Christmas presents for her children has suffered backlash from social media users after sharing a photo of her Christmas tree online. According to NBC News, Emma Tapping is the mother-of-three who posted the controversial photo.
Like many others who are in the Christmas spirit, Tapping shared a photo of her decorated Christmas tree. However, the tree is barely visible due to the mountain of wrapped Christmas presents that are stacked nearly as high as the tree itself. The photo, which Tapping shared via Facebook and Instagram on Dec. 5, also included a caption explaining the reason behind her decision to shower her children — ages 13, 9 and 19 months — with 300 Christmas presents. However, that’s not all. She’s also revealed the amount of money she spent on the staggering number of gifts.
According to Fox News, Tapping’s 300 Christmas presents totaled approximately $2,300. Almost immediately after Tapping uploaded the photo, social media users began sharing and commenting. As expected, the photo has garnered mixed opinions. But unfortunately for Tapping, an overwhelming number of social media users have criticized her for what is perceived to be frivolous spending.
The photo has garnered so much attention and backlash that news outlets have also begun reporting about it. Now, Tapping is even speaking out about her decision to post the photo of the 300 Christmas presents she purchased for her children.
According to the Sun, Emma Tapping recently appeared on This Morning, a U.K. talk show. She defended her decision to purchase 300 Christmas presents. She also argued why she feels it is actually beneficial to purchase so many gifts for Christmas.
“The way I see it is you could buy your kids two presents or 200 presents, it’s the way you bring them up,” Tapping said. “You could buy your kids two presents and still have a little terror. My kids know the difference between right and wrong and they appreciate everything they get and they don’t get (spoiled) throughout the year.
“I’m not rich at all, which is the first thing I wanted to point out because it’s been put all over the Internet after it had been taken from Instagram that I was rich and I spoil my children.”
The photo of Tapping’s 300 Christmas presents has sparked quite a debate on social media. While some social media users have defended Tapping by arguing that she has the right to spend her money however she chooses, others have voiced concerns about the possible long-term effects of her spoiling her children. Tapping has been widely criticized and called materialistic for the purchases she’s made.
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According to the Huffington Post, Tapping has also been slammed for bragging about the money she’s spent. In fact, some people have even accused her of child abuse for showering her children with so many Christmas presents.
Tapping’s photo has also been mocked on Instagram. One social media user has added a caption to the photo that reads, “Nearly time for all the materialistic parents to compete and broadcast how many presents their kids have on Facebook! Just remember there are a lot of children who don’t get much [sic].”
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