Mother-of-ten reveals reality of Christmas with big family

A pregnant mother-of-ten has revealed how she manages Christmas for her extra large family - from wrapping more than 150 presents to go under the tree to controlling the chaos as her children tear into the gifts on the day.

For Malinda, 33, and her husband Erik, also 33, the silly season is just an extension of the 'organised chaos' of their life with ten children - from planning monster meals to making sure every child has enough gifts under the tree.   

Daily Mail Australia caught the family on their annual trip to see Santa at Westfield Fountain Gate in Melbourne on Thursday - capturing the behind-the-scenes fun and finding out what it is really like preparing for the day.

The mother of these ten children has revealed what it is like having an extra-large Christmas. The children, Andrew, 14, Kaitlyn, 12, Stephen, 10, Cooper, 8, Lachlan, 7, Tyler, 5, Isabella, 4, Harry, 3, Joel, 2 and Zoe, 1, are all pictured

The mother of these ten children has revealed what it is like having an extra-large Christmas. The children, Andrew, 14, Kaitlyn, 12, Stephen, 10, Cooper, 8, Lachlan, 7, Tyler, 5, Isabella, 4, Harry, 3, Joel, 2 and Zoe, 1, are all pictured

Mum Malinda, 33, pictured right, and Erik, also 33, pictured back left take their children for Santa pictures every year

Mum Malinda, 33, pictured right, and Erik, also 33, pictured back left take their children for Santa pictures every year

Some of the children were more excited to see Santa than others as the family walked towards his set at Westfield Fountain Gate in Melbourne

Some of the children were more excited to see Santa than others as the family walked towards his set at Westfield Fountain Gate in Melbourne

The family had a quick chat with Santa before posing up for a photo - mostly to make sure he got all of their gifts ready

The family had a quick chat with Santa before posing up for a photo - mostly to make sure he got all of their gifts ready

The children, Andrew, 14, Kaitlyn, 12, Stephen, 10, Cooper, 8, Lachlan, 7, Tyler, 5, Isabella, 4, Harry, 3, Joel, 2 and Zoe, 1, were well behaved for Santa as they arranged themselves for a picture - hoping to stay in his good books until Christmas Day.

Some of the children were less enthusiastic to see Mr Claus and held on tight to their older brothers and sisters. 

The family then headed to the shops - so the children could remind Malinda to tell the man in red what they wanted to see under the tree on the big day. 

Their mum, Malinda, was candid about what it actually takes to put on a great Christmas for her family - revealing the big day - including food costs about $5000, with any spare cash going toward the celebration. 

Joel, two, being comforted by Malinda as some of the older children chat with Santa

Joel, two, being comforted by Malinda as some of the older children chat with Santa

Malinda and Erik aim to have 15 presents for each of their children - three or four of these will be from Santa

Malinda and Erik aim to have 15 presents for each of their children - three or four of these will be from Santa

Joel bravely looking on as Santa gives his three-year-old brother a special book as a gift for visiting

Joel bravely looking on as Santa gives his three-year-old brother a special book as a gift for visiting

The older children had an in-depth brief with Santa while some of the younger ones kept a 'safer' distance 

The older children had an in-depth brief with Santa while some of the younger ones kept a 'safer' distance 

MEET THE FAMILY

Dad, Erik, 33

Mum, Malinda, 33

Children:

Andrew, 14, Kaitlyn, 12, Stephen, 10, Cooper, 8, Lachlan, 7, Tyler, 5, Isabella, 4, Harry, 3, Joel, 2, Zoe, 1 and Haley is due in early 2018.

Presents take the most organisation - Malinda shops around for presents and only starts wrapping once she has everything, doing it as quietly as possible once everyone is asleep.

She insists she manages to hide the gifts every year - finding new hiding spots as her family grows.

'For gifts I have a list hidden where I list everything the kids have or is on lay-by. Each child would get about 10 or so gifts depending on the year but we keep it even or as close as possible,' she said.

'This year no one is getting a big item like a bike so they have 15 smaller gifts.'

Presents take the most organisation - Malinda shops around for presents and only starts wrapping once she has everything, doing it as quietly as possible once everyone is asleep

Presents take the most organisation - Malinda shops around for presents and only starts wrapping once she has everything, doing it as quietly as possible once everyone is asleep

The family try to have their Santa photos taken every

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