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Millions of children will wake to disappointment this Christmas day if miserly middle-aged fathers have their way.
According to a survey of 40 to 45 year-old dads, a whopping 95% said they’d like to see a return to the seventies-style tightfistedness that once saw them the ungrateful recipients of gifts such as; a homemade go-kart crafted from an old door, some string and shopping trolley wheels that would only go left; a second-hand pair of monkey boots; and for one poor lad an empty shoe box.
Nick Jeffers, a 43 year-old office worker and practicing tight-bastard from Kent said: "I’m fed up with the attitude of today’s kids. They expect it all on a plate and haven’t a clue about the concept of working for the hard-earned green stuff. If my kids think that sitting a desk, sending email, answering the occasional phone call and surfing the internet for eight hours a day for my 45 grand a year, is just so that I can buy them the latest in touchscreen gadgetry, then they'd better think again. They'll be lucky if they get a selection pack between them this year."
However, not all dads share Nick’s motives for festive frugality with many boasting a natural ability at minding the moola. Although one man from Rainham, attributes his squirrelous skills to a life-lesson he learned early on: “When I was a kid, I taped a playing card to my bike’s forks to make it flap against the spokes so that it sounded like a motorbike when I rode it. But it wasn’t until my dad explained to me that the paper card would cause the metal spokes to wither away in no time thus requiring them to be replaced at considerable cost, that I realised how stupid I’d been. Even at 8 years old, I remember thinking to myself, bloody hell! He’s right you know. And spokes ain’t cheap” recalled Wayne Smith, now a 44 year-old father of one.
Despite the survey’s findings however, family experts believe that mums will rally in support of their children once they discover their partner’s plans for prudence.
“Oh I’m not too worried about it,” said 38 year-old Debbie Jeffers, nonchalantly, “I mean given the choice between buying the three boys an iPad each or not getting his annual blow-job on Christmas night, I don’t think the kids have anything to worry about. Do you?”