Tapping, who runs TheBossMum, a blog on money-saving deals and strategies, posted the following message with the photo of her tree: "Another year of hard graft, saving and planning. Another year of my family making me proud everyday. They deserve a great Christmas. The haters will hate but nothing and no one will change how I do Christmas."
Much of the reaction to Tapping's post was negative. Tom Spark posted on Facebook, "Get a f**king grip!!! Talk about teaching kids to be materialistic!! No wonder the youth of today is as f**ked as if it! Good luck spoiling yours kids future by throwing gifts at them, they'll expect that all their lives, try helping out the less fortunate."
Allison Nefzger Cameron posted the following comment on Tapping's photo: "What is even the point of this? Wasteful. And certainly children do not truly appreciate what they already have or what they will get. I'll never understand this. I hope your family is grateful."
Melissa Cook's comment on Tapping's photo took things a step further: "I have this really good money saving tip. Lean in close because it's a secret. Are you ready?
This is literally disgusting. Look at all that wasted paper. And my kids get bored just opening a handful of presents, so I don't see how this is fun or practical or rewarding at all. Trying not to judge because this has to be a symptom of an illness of some sort. Wrong on so many levels."
With so many negative reactions, and the media quickly picking up the story, Tapping defended her buying choices, noting that the presents were for her three children, herself, her partner, and her mother.
In an interview with Buzzfeed, Tapping stated, “I love Christmas and I shop savvy to give [my kids] a good Christmas. I would happily help anyone find the bargains or give tips on how I save. I think how I spend my money on my children is my choice. You may not agree, but this is three little kids’ Christmas tree being blasted.”
During an interview with Inside Edition, Tapping explained that she searches for deals and bargains all year long in order to be able to afford the big pile of gifts. Even with all of those deals, the 300 gifts cost more than $2,000.
So, is Tapping missing the point when it comes to Christmas spirit? Is it really our place to judge? Tapping sums things up pretty well on her Facebook post: "Please try and remember this is about 3 little children, their Christmas, their tree."