Mom's Photo Of Her 'Christmas Haul' For Toddler Generates Online Reaction

Christmas is a holiday that many children and parents look forward to all year. By the time the holiday season comes around, parents are already shopping and buying things to gift to their children for the big day. No matter what is going on, some parents just love to give their kids a lot of fun and festive presents for Christmas time. Some parents give a lot, while others limit gifts, but there's nothing quite like seeing your kids' smiles on Christmas morning.

Some parents believe that Christmas time is the time to spoil your kids.


While buying things for them all year round may not be the best idea, many parents believe that Christmas time is the right time to go above and beyond for them.

For some of these families, they limit gifts and treats during the year so they can go big at Christmas.

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Some families just prefer to keep gifts strictly to birthdays and Christmas. Then, at Christmas, they purchase a big-ticket item or numerous gifts for their children.

However, other parents believe that spoiling your kids is a bad idea.

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Other parents think that spoiling your kids is a bad look overall. Some believe that giving them too much, even for Christmas, sets a bad example and teaches them bad lessons.

Some families have even started a tradition called the "four gift rule" to cut down on presents.

The four gift rule is exactly what it sounds like — each person gets four gifts, and only four gifts. Traditionally, the gifts are marked as something the recipient wants, something they need, something to wear, and something to read.

Some people have even come up with creative ways to wrap their minimalist gift hauls.

For families following the four gift rule, they can wrap their gifts in these snowman "towers." It's an easy way to keep the gifts organized and festive!

Other families encourage their children to donate old toys before Santa comes.

It's becoming more common for families to do a toy clean-out ahead of Christmas. Parents have their children select a gently used toy to donate to someone less fortunate. It helps keep the house clean and teaches children about the importance of giving.

It's clear that each family has different traditions and reasons when it comes to Christmas presents.

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Thanks to social media, it's become easier to see other families' traditions. Unfortunately, it's also become easier to shame parents online for choosing to do things their own way.

Recently, one mom was under fire for posting a photo of her "Christmas haul" for her toddler online.

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The picture was posted to the Facebook group, Christmas Mums Australia, and showcased an array of toys and dolls for this mom's toddler. While the mom showed some excitement for the gifts, some parents were divided.

The mom posted the photo showing dozens upon dozens of dolls and toys.

"My Christmas stash for little miss two and still have about $1500 in laybys to pick up. Love you my little princess," she wrote as the caption for the Facebook picture.

Many parents online were divided over whether or not the mom was doing "too much."

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Some moms on the Facebook group said that this mom was "spoiling" her toddler and setting her up for a "lifetime of disappointment."

Others said that there were "better ways" to spend the money.

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"Put that money into a bank account for a uni fund or a car or a house. Something that is actually going to help her," one person commented.

"A lot for a 2-year-old," another person said.

However, other parents said they understood this mom and they resonated with her excitement for Christmas.

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"I love this. I have one daughter and I am exactly the same. Brush off the negative comments that will come and just do you," one person commented.

Other parents pointed out that the kids are "only young once" and that's the time to celebrate the most.

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"We are exactly the same with our little miss four! We have so many items already in our roof stash not including an electric scooter, a frozen motorbike and a unicorn that you ride and it walks. We have also hired reindeer and snow for our front yard! They are only little once," one person added in the comments.

It's clear to see that everyone parents their children differently.


Some parents go all-out for their kids on Christmas and holidays, and others like to showcase "meaningful" traditions instead.

What kind of parent are you? Do you think this mom was over the top?

h/t: Kidspot

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