A Queensland mum who has had enough of her children’s attitude tells them Christmas is on hold until they change their behaviour.

A photo posted on ABC Brisbane’s Facebook page shows the tree wrapped in cling film with all the gifts removed.

Attached to the tree is a note from ‘Elsie’ the Christmas elf, explaining the rules for any chance of getting Christmas back.

“If you want me to keep visiting, a Santa visit and your tree and presents back your behaviour needs to improve,” the message reads.

“Santa is very angry and I’m disappointed. Be good and say sorry to mum.”

‘Elsie’ declares the children have one week to get their act together, lest the festivities be cancelled altogether.

Comments of support flooded in with many saying this needs to happen more often!

Have you threatened to cancel Christmas yet this year?

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  • There is other methods of punishment if need be. It also depends on the age of the child/children. Are they all behaving badly or only some of them? Some may not agree with this idea but if we were defiant after being told why a thing was wrong (if really young we were given more than one warning) one of our favourite toys would be confiscated for a few days, the length depending on the “severity of the crime” and age. We never did those things again or we knew that the punishment would be longer the next time.


  • I really don’t agree with this.


  • Goodon her for not tolerating ratty behaviour. This is definitely something I can see myself doing.


  • Never threatened to cancel Christmas or anything – we do not use threats. We address issues directly and discuss the pros and cons and outcomes of all behaviour.


  • But if they don’t change their behaviour, will the mother really go on with her threat? :-)

    • Also; Christmas comes once a year – what happens for the rest of the year?


  • Go mum! However be prepared to follow through on any threats you give, even when it punishes you at the same time! This is good parenting.


  • I do agree with not rewarding bad behaviour. I hope this method works for this mum.


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