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‘Terrible’ presents to teach Christmas lesson

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19 Dec 2014

Christmas, the time for sharing, family, friends and above all – the screams of children yelling “presents!”

But have you ever been tempted to give your child a terrible gift as a way of teaching them how lucky they really are?

Dad of two, Tim Cocker did.

He gave his two children, aged three and two, festive gifts a little earlier than usual.

One received a banana and the other an onion.

Tim said: “As we approach Christmas I wonder if my children realise how fortunate they are when they are inevitably spoilt rotten on Christmas Day”.

He added: “They’re happy kids. But I wasn’t expecting them to be as happy with vegetables! I was a bit choked up to be honest. I was really proud.”

There was surprisingly no tantrums about not getting the Ben 10 watch and the Barbie Princess that were requested.

Instead they rejoiced in the onion and pumpkin repeating: “I’ve got a banana dad!” and “I’ve got an onion”.

It’s that time of year when shopping centres stay open later as people scramble to get more/better/bigger presents for their kids.

But is that really necessary?

Tim’s well intended lesson was interrupted by the fact that they were both genuinely delighted by the gifts.

Growing massive, expensive and all gifts mentioned on their Christmas list, will not help to teach children about the value of Christmas nor will it make them behave better.

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