A social worker has urged parents to stop telling kids that their gifts are from Santa.

The social worker took to social media to tell parents not to tell their kids that expensive presents such as iPads, iPhones and gaming devices are from Father Christmas, as it can upset children from families who can't afford such luxuries.

The post was created last year on Facebook, but has been re-shared widely across social media again in the run up to Christmas.

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The social worker wrote: "I can not stress this enough. Stop telling your Santa age kids that their iPads, and 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."

The woman goes on to say that she has had parents cry to her over the fact that their child has asked if they weren't "good enough" to receive the same gifts as their peers in school or if Santa didn't like them as much as the other children who got more expensive presents.

"It breaks my heart for the parents and the kids," she continues.

Santa looking at a present
Santa Claus looking at a gift in his hand.

"So take the 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."

One person said: "Never looked at it like that."

Another said: "I completely agree. So sad for mother and child to feel this way."

There were however other people though who felt that the social worker's request would "take the magic out of Christmas" for children.

One mum said: "Let kids be kids for the short time they are society always expects them to be mini adults no I'll tell my kids what I want and u tell yours what u want."

Another user replied: "Or, here is a novel thought…. Stop raising kids to be snowflakes… they need to learn that there WILL be disappointment in life and not everything is roses and rainbows.

"We had several generations that were raised to have everything given to them and that there were no repercussions for anything that they do."

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