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A lot of us will consider ourselves to have been lucky little ones when it came to Christmas, with our parents happily shelling out quite a bit of cash to make us happy come December 25. Most of us may have got the bits and bobs we needed, and hopefully a couple of things we wanted, too.
This woman makes sure her kids aren't just satisfied with 'bits and bobs', though, as she spends £1,500 on her three children every year.
36-year-old Emma Tapping, from the Isle of Man, ensures there are always a mountain of presents which pretty much equal the height of the tree itself.
Credit: Channel 5
Last year, Emma, who runs a holiday cottage, was accused of 'abusing' her children by buying 300 gifts for them, but this year, starring in the Channel 5 documentary Xmas Excess: Parents Splash The Cash, she has pushed the boat out even more.
"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," Emma explained. "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."
Her kids, Mia, Ella and Tatum are certainly lucky, but it does beg the question of where all the presents will be kept once they're opened?
"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," she said. "It's a bit like Jenga - if you pull the wrong one out you might lose a child for a few hours."
Last year a picture of all the gifts she'd bought went viral, receiving a fairly strong backlash. Emma was quite shocked, questioning why people shamed her for spoiling her children.
The mum-of-three isn't content with what the shops on the Isle of Man have to offer, so flew over to Liverpool to pick up the majority of the presents, taking an empty suitcase to pack full of festive goodies.
She keeps track of everything she buys, and has also set up a Facebook page called Thebossmum Money Saving Specialist, which gives tips on spending around Christmas time for other mums.
Xmas Excess: Parents Splash The Cash will air this Thursday at 8pm, and follows her and her family during the run up to Christmas.
Featured image credit: PA
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