A woman accused of abusing her children by buying them too many Christmas presents has vowed to do it again.
Emma Tapping, a 36-year-old mum-of-three who runs a holiday cottage on the Isle of Man, was criticised widely last year for giving her kids 87 gifts each.
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But it seems to have been water off a duck’s back, as this year she’s upping the ante – by getting them 96 presents each, worth around £1,500.
Her extravagant gift-giving made headlines last December when a photo of her Christmas trees dwarfed by a pile of almost 300 presents went viral.
Emma, who started stockpiling this year’s gifts all the way back in July, told Channel 5’s ‘Xmas Excess: Parents Splash the Cash’ that she hasn’t been put off because seeing her kids’ faces as they open their ridiculous number of presents is priceless.
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‘When it first happened I felt like I had to stick up for the kids and say they are not spoilt,’ she said, when asked about the backlash. ‘I felt I had to justify what I was doing, but now I couldn’t give a toss what anyone thinks.
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‘I will put a picture of my Christmas tree up this year, if you don’t like it scroll on and it is a good job I am not your mum.’
Writing on Facebook this year, along with a photo of her massive tree, she said: ‘Another year of hard graft, saving and planning. Another year of my family making me proud every day.
‘They deserve a great Christmas. The haters will hate but no one will change how I do Christmas.’