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How much money should you spend on your children's Christmas gifts?


A doting mother defended herself after a photo of the huge amount of gifts she bought for her toddler for Christmas was criticized by other parents.

Alicia Snoeks, 33, of Townsville, Queensland, has bought more than $ 1,400 in toys for her three-year-old daughter and is potentially buying more. She also has a six week old son, but he only gets a few clothes and a bouncer.

The mother of two admitted she was "never really a Christmas person" until she had kids, but told Daily Mail Australia that she is now doing everything she can to let the magic of the season flow through her home.

Alicia Snoeks, 33, of Townsville, Queensland has bought $ 1,400 worth of toys for her three-year-old daughter and may be buying more

Father William, 36, Rosalie, 3 and mother Alicia, 33 - William and Alicia have only cared about Christmas since they were children

Father William, 36, Rosalie, 3 and mother Alicia, 33 – William and Alicia have only cared about Christmas since they were children

"Christmas is all about her," said the mother of her daughter Rosalie, who is three years old.

Your six week old son is "too small" to open presents, so most of his presents are such that his older sister realizes that others can have presents too.

"We don't want her to think he's on the bad list," she said.

The mother has been criticized for the gifts, which include a climbing wall and a trampoline. Many said children grew up "entitled" or "believe they deserve anything".

"For a three-year-old it's going to be pretty overwhelming … hardly any of the things are played with," said one woman.

Instead of taking it to heart, the mother looks forward to Christmas morning, when her daughter can open all the presents under the tree.

Christmas is all about the three year old this year as she gets used to having a little brother and moving to a new town

Christmas is all about the three year old this year as she gets used to having a little brother and moving to a new town

"We don't want Santa Claus to get all the credit for the 'good' toys, so they'll be ours," she said.

Many people agreed that the gifts should not come from Santa Claus as it is not fair for other children who come from poor families.

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"Other children grow up and don't understand why Santa Claus gave them so little, but these children have everything," said one woman.

Alicia doesn't think she's going to spoil her daughter and wants her to be involved in Christmas in every way.

The Christmas tree is a work of art because it is completely decorated by the three-year-old without any instructions from the adults.

The mother has been buying gifts since selling toys in the middle of the year and explains that toys “sell out quickly” in her town, so she had to plan ahead.

At the beginning of the month, 24 gifts appeared under the tree, which were opened every night.

It's an advent calendar with books that Rosalie can open every night before bed.

Most Christmas is spent with family, but Alicia and William have moved their children so this year it will be just the four

Most Christmas is spent with family, but Alicia and William have moved their children so this year it will be just the four

On Christmas Eve, the Alicias family will have & # 39; Finnish roots & # 39; celebrate and share a gift before bed.

"It will probably be a doll, if we gave her something exciting she would never go to sleep."

The "most exciting" gift is the trampoline, which cost $ 800, more than half of the $ 1,400 that has been spent on the teenagers' gifts so far.

Rosalie pictured is allowed to choose a book as part of the family's Advent calendar every night before Christmas

Rosalie pictured is allowed to choose a book as part of the family's Advent calendar every night before Christmas

Last year was the first year the little girl really understood Christmas - including who Santa Claus is

Last year was the first year the little girl really understood Christmas – including who Santa Claus is

"You only get a couple of years of cheap trampolines, we'll get ten of this one," she said.

Rosalie will wake up on Christmas morning with dolls, clothes, a climbing wall, the trampoline, and other little things she likes.

Your little brother usually gets bath toys and clothes, as well as a sweater.

But his name will be on the big gifts too, so when his sister is old enough to use them, she will understand the need to share.