It’s the most wonderful time of the year. That is if you agree with the classic Andy Williams Christmas tune from 1963.
But even if you don’t, you have to admit the holiday season is filled with festive sights and sounds. Everywhere you look, there are twinkling trees, suspended mistletoe sprigs and colorful presents being wrapped.
According to The Atlantic, folks have actually been wrapping gifts for ages. It all started with ancient Japanese wrapping cloths called “furoshiki” and progressed from there.
What’s another age-old holiday tradition? Pranking.
Sure, it’s not quite as old as Santa Claus himself. But creative tricksters have been putting a not-so-festive spin on seasonal customs for years.
You’ve probably read about some of the mischievous merriment. A few parents wrap empty boxes, then hurl them into the fireplace in front of misbehaving children.
BuzzFeed mentions several more inventive ideas. In fact, there are far too many to list here.
But one prime example involves gift-wrapping every ingredient in the refrigerator. What a great way to “surprise” your bleary-eyed mom when she gets up early to make breakfast Christmas morning.
Another example entails wrapping a single greeting card in a super-huge box. You could also give batteries taped to a slip of paper that reads, “gift not included.”
Or, you might take a cue from a clever Rumble user by the name of KellyKopp. He and his wife observe that time-honored holiday tradition of letting the kiddos unwrap a single package on Christmas Eve.
Only, in this case, the festivities involved a rather impish twist. Each box contained a gag gift that was even more cringe-worthy than a giant lump of coal.
Of course, these playful parents made sure to misdirect their offspring with a monumental build-up. Kopp made everyone wait for his cue, then announced “this is exciting” as wrapping paper flew in all directions.
The big reveal, of course, was nowhere near merry and bright. And each child provided a priceless reaction, which was actually captured on video.
The eldest daughter got a box of Hamburger Helper that Kopp enthusiastically pronounced her “favorite meal.”
The bewildered young son received locks for a car door because, as Kopp explained, “we’re (eventually) gonna get you a car, and we’ve gotta start buying all the pieces now.”
The younger daughter got a colorful coaster. Kopp claimed he’d made it himself, but the older daughter pointed out that the front side read, “Happy Mother’s Day.”
This holly-jolly debacle resulted in crossed arms, withering glares and subdued tears. Kopp invited his disappointed brood to sing “Jingle Bells,” but they definitely weren’t in the mood.
In the end, however, both adults emphasized that many kids don’t get a holiday filled with presents, toys or fancy dinners. And it’s a timely reminder for everyone: Be grateful for any blessing, big or small.
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