As a parent a big part of Christmas is buying presents, wrapping them and watching your children’s faces light up when they open their gifts.
And while we all know that presents aren’t what the festive season is really all about, it’s still pretty nice to get something special from a loved one.
However one mum from Sevenoaks has decided not to put any gifts under the tree for her two little ones this Christmas.
And she won’t be buying them presents for their birthdays either.
Kim Palmer, who is mum to Louis, four, and eight-month-old Kingsley, says this unconventional choice was made in the hopes it would stop her children from "growing up to be spoilt".
Speaking to Sun Online , the 39-year-old said: "My Christmas list was always filled with toys and dolls, and on Christmas morning I’d wake to find all my wishes had been granted. But while opening one gift after another, I never truly appreciated what was inside. Instead, I’d look forward to discovering my next magical treat.
"My worst fear was my children growing up to be spoilt. So when my four-year-old son was born, I told my husband Simon, 38, that I wanted our children to grow up feeling grateful for everything that they’re given."
Thus she made the decision not to buy gifts for her kids at Christmas.
Kim goes on to explain that finances had nothing to do with her decision, because as a CEO for a wellness brand called Clementine, she has plenty of money to buy extravagant presents if she desires to do so.
Instead of giving presents, Kim is teaching her little ones to appreciate the value of money and learn that "less is more".
Despite this, she claims she still makes sure her children have "the best day" on December 25, decorating the house in twinkling lights and putting up a tree.
And there will be some presents on offer for the boys – just not from mum and dad.
Kim says she doesn’t have a problem with other people buying gifts for her sons and they always have presents from relatives to open on Christmas Day.
Though these gifts come with a few stipulations of their own – the mum revealed she tries to advise relatives to buy things the boys need, rather than things they want.
And if she thinks relatives have sent too many presents, she’ll hold some back for a later date.
She added: "UK parents spend way too much on their children at Christmas in my opinion. Some of the things I see parents buying for their children are absolutely crazy.
"Christmas should be about spending time with your loved ones, not showering your children with unnecessary gifts for the sake of it."
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