Social worker tells parents they should never give expensive gifts from Santa

A social worker warned parents not to give their children pricey gifts from Santa on Christmas Day.

In a viral Facebook post, the care worker explained how doing this can affect kids who come from low income families.

She wrote: "I cannot stress this enough. Stop telling your Santa age kids that their iPads, iPhones and 200 dollar toys are from Santa.

"Cause some families can't afford that. Little kids wonder why they got socks or a coat or hand me down toys from Santa and other kids got an iPad.

"This is the second year I've had a parent cry to me telling me their kid asked why they weren't good enough or Santa didn't like them as much. Breaks my heart for the parents and kids.

"So take credit for the gift. Santa didn't buy that iPad, momma did or daddy did. Leave the less expensive gifts from Santa. Be blessed you can afford what others cannot. Merry Christmas."

The post has garnered 24,000 likes and 15,000 comments since it was posted online – and many agreed with the social worker’s advice.

One responder wrote: “This is why I’ve always said electronics and stuff like that are from us. Stocking and a few gifts are from Santa.”

Another said: "That is so right. We always gave our girls small Santa gifts.

“What happens if you lose your job or can't afford the big toy he brought last year. Make it easy for yourself and other children not so fortunate."

And a third added: “I agree – the parent should take charge for those big toys.”

Even though many agreed with the care worker, others were angry that she was trying to police Christmas gifting.

One Facebook user suggested: “How about stop telling people what to do with their kids!”

A second said: “This lady’s overthinking the Santa thing.”

And another added: “Unfortunately, I tell my kids what gift is from Santa no matter how cheap or expensive it is! My concern is my family – not yours!”

So what do you make of the debate? Let us know in the comments section below.

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