You can't have failed to miss the story last week of the mum who posted a photo of her Christmas tree complete with so many gifts that the tree could barely be seen. The story soon went viral. All over the TV, radio and social media people have been asking how many presents should children receive at Christmas?
I have seen so many different opinions on this topic from those who buy hundreds of gifts to those who go by the rule something they want, something they need, something to wear and something to read. Of course there is no right or wrong answer. It is entirely up to a parent what they spend and how much they buy their children at Christmas, most (including us) fall somewhere in the middle ground.
Personally I can't imagine getting the boys that huge number of gifts. I can see how exciting it would be for small children to come down on Christmas morning to be greeted with all of those presents. On the flip side i can also imagine opening them all would soon get a bit (dare I say it)...boring? Opening, saying wow, putting it to one side and moving onto the next, does it all get used? Even with the amount we buy there are things that still sit unused, and as for storing it all, where does it all go once Christmas is over?
If I were to spend a huge amount I would probably buy a couple of good quality high priced items that would be well loved instead of loads of smaller presents. I mean it would be amazing to get them something like this teepee or water wall, things that would last years and could be passed down.
I think the main thing to remember is no matter how many presents your children receive is that there is more to Christmas than the gifts. Can you remember every gift you received as a child? I can only remember a couple of mine (ah that Nokia 3310 that I was so desperate for) most of my Christmas memories are of spending time as a family, watching Top of the Pops and eating a huge dinner round the table. This is what I want for my children, that lovely warm feeling inside, not how many presents they received.
What is your opinion on this, how many presents should children receive at Christmas?