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A mother of three from the Isle of Man has been branded 'selfish' and 'disgusting' by people online for her continued trend of posting pictures and videos of a pile of presents underneath her Christmas tree.

38-year-old Amanda Tapping, admits to spending £2000 on 350 gifts for her children and claims that 'it's my money' in response to the critics.

Tapping, who has over 17,000 followers on Instagram, posts a picture or a video every year of the huge amount of presents that she has purchased, which often dwarfs her Christmas tree.

Tapping regularly faces criticism for showcasing how much she has spent, with some people commenting that she should donate some of the gifts to charity, that her children will grow up 'spoilt' and that she has 'lost sight of what Christmas is about'. Some even equated the number of presents to 'abuse.'

Others have defended her saying 'she should spend her hard earned money on what she wants – who are we to judge.' Her partner, 43-year-old James, has previously compared putting the presents under the tree to 'moving house.'

Her excessive spending at this time of year and the controversy it creates has been featured on BBC News, This Morning and Channel 5 documentary Xmas Excess: Parents Splash the Cash.

Tapping who rents holiday cottages on the Isle of Man and runs a Facebook page giving out saving tips, admits that some presents are things that children need for school and aren't always toys.

She is quoted by The Sun as saying:

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.

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.

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.

For all that’s been said about us and what we’ve been through, this morning made it all worth it. Just seeing their little faces, and everyone was happy – it was great.

After receiving criticism for her latest photo of her tree, she removed the picture because of the negativity it received and apologised to her followers.

HT Metro

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