Two Christmas stockists insisted they’re not being selfish on today’s This Morning, despite hoarding presents and food for this year’s holiday season.
Rachel Marsden, from Leeds, and Pat Smith, from the East Midlands, have both already collected an impressive amount of gifts and snacks for their respective families, starting as early as July.
Rachel, who admitted to spoiling her children every Christmas, denied she was “selfish” and added that she doesn’t stop other people from getting their own presents.
Pat, meanwhile, explained that she’s stocking up on chips, cookies, and other snacks to make sure her family won’t run out at their next reunion.
Both women admitted they are fed up with rumors of supply chains closing before Christmas this year, following the 2020 delivery delays caused by the pandemic.
However, This Morning viewers labeled the duo “greedy”, while others complained that Christmas is now about “what” you have instead of “who” you have.
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Rachel Marsden, from Leeds, admitted she already bought her 2021 Christmas gifts, as early as July, pictured
Rachel explained that she continues a family tradition of spoiling children at Christmas.
“Growing up, my mom and dad made Christmas so special for us, they spoiled us a little too much. I just continued that tradition with my kids,” she said.
“I was really worried after last year, with Covid and everything, the deliveries took ages to get here if they got here at all. Items I ordered for last year’s Christmas arrived just last month,” she continued.
“I thought, especially with the shortage of drivers and truck drivers, I started to panic and thought, ‘I have to go out and get them or we’re going to have a terrible Christmas,'” she added.
Pat Smith, from the East Midlands, pictured, said she has stocked up festive snacks to make sure her family has something to eat during the holiday season.
People called Rachel and Path “greedy” and regretted that Christmas these days is more about what you have than who you have
Rachel, the mother of a three-year-old, said she is aware of how lucky she is to be able to afford so many gifts for her family.
“I’m aware that it shouldn’t be just about gifts and that not everyone can buy a large amount of gifts for the kids,” she says.
“I’ve booked things for the run up to Christmas: Santas, days out, and we all go for afternoon tea with the family, then a big Christmas dinner with my mom on Christmas Day with games.
“I’m trying to balance it out. I know I buy too many gifts, but I do it anyway,” she added.
However, Rachel added that she doesn’t think she’s being selfish by stockpiling ahead of time.
‘I don’t buy more than one of the items. I only buy one of each. So I’m not stopping anyone from buying them,” she said.
“And I’ve been buying slowly over the past few months, so like a trickle instead of just running out and clearing the shelves in the store,” she added.
“So I don’t think it’s selfish and it’s a day I’d like to make very special. And I sacrifice a lot throughout the year to make Christmas really special,” she continued.
Meanwhile, in the East Midlands, Pat prefers to lay out snacks but admits she doesn’t hoard turkeys, but rather festive treats such as candy canes, chocolates, biscuits and chips.
“I mean, this is kind of what Christmas is about for us. For me personally, it’s about family, every year it’s that time where family you haven’t seen for the rest of the year get together,” Pat said.
“It’s snacks and such and such that we are going to eat. We’ve got shortbread, all the candy, the cookies and chips and everything, things that we’re going to snack on over the Christmas season,” she added.
At Holly’s insistence, Pat said that she, like Rachel, was a little concerned about delivery problems.
“Last year, with the panic buying and everything everyone else was doing, it got a lot harder to get anything,” she explained.
It wasn’t just Christmas food, it was basically everything. Over the past few months, I’ve decided that I don’t want to be in the same predicament this year.”
Pictured: Pat with her stash of festive snacks. She said Christmas was the best time for the family to get together
She added that while her friends were initially taken back by her supplies, they are now getting into it and asking her about her best buys and bargains, as well as seeking shopping recommendations.
On the set of the show, Alice Beer told Phil and Holly that people don’t actually stock up for Christmas, and that Rachel and Pat are isolated cases.
“We have a huge responsibility to sit here to calm things down,” she said.
“Retailers don’t see people pushing huge carts through their stores and gathering and gathering,” she said.
“I think they’re just doing what they normally would before,” she said of Rachel and Pat.
“The situation is yes, there are some empty shelves in the supermarket and we’ve had plenty in supermarkets for half a century.
People said they would be happy to have a quieter Christmas with fewer gifts, and others said they were planning to leave their Christmas shopping at the last minute
“The shopkeepers say if everyone buys their Christmas pudding this week or next week, the shopkeepers would prioritize what comes in with the trucks we have and they might take out some of the other lines.” she explained.
“So we might have less pasta choice, something different, but they’d bring more Christmas cakes and Christmas pudding, they’d just adjust what comes in,” she said.
Viewers were unimpressed by Rachel and Path’s behavior, calling them “greedy.”
‘F*** materialistic Christmas. My family and I will be happy to really be together,” one said.
“Yes, they are greedy and selfish,” said another.
“Last year my grandmother spent Christmas Day at my house with food and family time. This year she will spend it in a nursing home with severe dementia. It’s definitely not about what you have, it’s about who you have,” one person wrote.
“Christmas these days is more about what you have than about who you have. It’s pretty sad,” someone said.
“If we have to eat fish and chips for Christmas Day lunch and drag the old board games, that would just be… Best Christmas ever,” said another.
“Most kids get too much at Christmas anyway and it gets thrown away after a few weeks. If the little cuties don’t get that much this year, it really won’t kill them. My destiny would rather have money anyway,’ said one.
“I’m going to do what I do every year on Christmas Eve,” one wrote.
“These women don’t buy in panic. Many parents HAVE to start buying this stuff early so they can afford it. Let alone potential shortages that the media naturally perpetuates,” one wrote.
“Personally, I buy gifts, but I don’t worry about what we eat,” they added.