Post # 1
I thought it would be fun to share stories of holday fails, tantrums and disaters, we all know we have them.
This is mine, it’s a family classic and comes up every Christmas.
When I was 5 I was obessed with pink, everything had to be pink. Every year Santa brings us a toothbrush. That Christmas as we were going through our stockings I pulled out a GREEN toothbrush (the horror) but to make it worse, my 3 year old sister got a pink one. Well, I LOST it. I through a hissy fit, I cried, I yelled, I stomped and cried. My little sister offered me the pink one but my sensible parents said that no, I had to keep the green one like a big girl. From what I remember and what i’ve been told, my tantrum lasted a good 45 minutes or so before I was finally convinced to go open presents after almost ruining Christmas.
Every year since this has been a running joke – most years I would get a pink toothbrush, every now and then my sister would get it and I would pretend to throw another hissy fit. Last year my dad gave me a christmas tree ornament that’s a cupcake with a green wrapper – it came with a note ‘sister got the pink one!’ (and she did). It’s been 25 years since my hissy fit and it’s still the running joke. Everyone who knows me as heard that story, I’ll never live it down, but now I’m not sure I want to. It’s just so funny.
Post # 2
I can’t be the only one with a ridiculous holiday story!?
Post # 3
MsGinkgo: lol!! your pink toothbrush story is hilarious!
when i was younger, we had a couple of pets at the same time: a weenie dog named holly, a bitch of a cat named patches, and another cat named oreo.
oreo would always be posted up under the christmas tree, because we used to get a real tree and he loved drinking the water out of the stand (what a weirdo!). so oreo is chillin’ under the tree, and holly the weenie dog decides to come check it out. so as holly and oreo are just kind of standing there, patches’ old crazy ass starts chasing them out of nowhere. oreo shoots out from under the tree, and holly is like “oh fuck” and starts running too. the only problem is, holly’s collar gets snagged on some tinsel, and as she takes off running (with patches close behind) the tree comes down with her and through the living room/kitchen. water goes everywhere, pine needles, ornaments…yeah. holly and oreo are freaking out looking guilty, while patches sits on top of the tree wreckage like, “yes humans. you and the other furry minions are mine.” lol
Post # 4
When my sister was younger, she was notorious for getting sick around the holidays. One year when she was either 3 or 4, she really wanted a rocking horse from Costco. Like every time we would make a trip, she had to ride it for forever and could almost die when we would leave without it. So my parents got it for her, set it up under the tree and everything, but come Christmas morning she was wayy too sick to enjoy it! Our visions of her excitedly screaming and losing her little mind over it were replaced with the saddest, most pitiful two rocks on the horse before she went back to bed. She’s 22 now and we still laugh about it!
Post # 5
my parents would get gifts for me, gifts for my brother, and then gifts wrapped for both of us (board games, etc)
one year I excitedly started opening the gifts labeled for both of us. . .only to find A BUNCH OF TRANSFORMERS!!. I was quite upset. I was gypped!! I threw a fit, started crying.. .the whole bit.
Turns out my mother had entrusted my father to get and wrap those gifts on his own. Epic fail!
Post # 6
MrsHalpert: lol – love it. I wish animals could talk. But then would what they’re actually thinking be nearly as hilarious as what we think they’re thinking? (if that makes any sense)
TaraMay_: that’s so sad! I used to get sick every Christmas, then when I was 18 we figured out that i’m allergic to fir trees and the Christmas tree was what made me sick!
We also fooled my brother one year. All he wanted was a guitar so my parents got it, wrapped it, hid it behind the sofa. No one talked about it, but when my brother saw it and asked who it was for amazingly everyone at the same time said it was mine. We went on all day telling him it was mine and it was my last present (we have a rule that your big present has to be saved for last). Well, he was all disappointed, he’d opened all his presents, his last one was a let down (don’t remember what it was but it wasn’t last present good). so I asked him to help me open my last present (his guitar). The look on his face as he realized what was happening was priceless, I have the best series of pictures from that day. It was pretty amazing.
Post # 7
GroovyHippieChick: hahahaha, I’m glad I’m not the only one who’s had an epic christmas morning tantrum!
Post # 8
We have a running joke when we go to decorate the tree. I don’t remember when it all started, probably after we moved when I was in 7th grade, but we’d bring out the big tubs of ornanments to decorate the tree which are mostly all just handmade things or gifts my little brother and I made over the years when we were younger. Well it seemed that every single ornanment we pulled out was his. My mom would say “oh look, here’s one of yours!” only to turn it over and find out it was another one of his! I think we had like a 20:1 ratio of his ornament/crafts to mine. We still have no idea what happened to all my ornanments, I’m betting they got lost in the move or my teachers just weren’t as crafty as his were back in the day! So each year we joke about how my parents obviously love him more because they kept all of his handmade ornaments and none of mine lol I think my mom was starting to feel bad for awhile but it’s really all in fun lol
Post # 9
We also do white elephant gifts for the whole family (12 aunts/uncles and 30 cousins on one side) instead of gifts and it’s always hilarious. Nothing like having my 85 year old gma opening the 50 shades of grey series or my 50 year old single uncle getting a My Little Pony bookbag lol I’ve been searching for the perfect white elephant for weeks now lol
Post # 10
- Wedding: September 2014 - Stanley House Inn
We have a huge family, so I have a few. My favorite one is a few years ago.
a small backstory – I have 5 sisters – all married, a brother who’s much younger, and there are a few grandbabies running around. We do a huge thing on Christmas Eve where everyone opens gifts from the parents/grandparents and maybe some gifts from each other and it takes a couple of hours.
We’re all opening our gifts and passing out packages and having a good time and one of my sisters is sitting there quietly with a big smile on her face. She hadn’t gotten any gifts. Not one – but she was taking it all in with a giant (and totally genuine) smile on her face.
So we finish gifts and A2 doesn’t say anything, she goes downstairs with the rest of us and one of my BILs asks her what he “ooh-wah” gift was. (Mom does these – it’s the one that you want the most) and A2 goes “I didn’t get anything”.
So then several sisters rush to my mom who is in the kitchen and start asking mom about A2s gift/s. My mom totally freaks out – A2 got the Ikea couch she was asking for and it was in the garage. Everyone actually walked by it when they came in and no one noticed the GIANT BOX with a couch pictured on it.
My parents still ask her if she got her present/s every year, and Mom double-checks her list as people open things.
Post # 11
fyrefly816: omg that happens with my mom too–she will hide them so well (and often, well in advance) that she totally forgets about them! i remember one year there was this sparkly golf ball sized ring that i just wanted soooo bad, back when all those bright baubly jewelry items were the rage (think claire’s, afterthoughts, etc.). mom got it, and hid it, and then promptly forgot. i guess i forgot too because i didn’t really give it a thought at christmas. but i was just overjoyed 6 months later when i found it in her dresser drawer as i went to get a pair of socks for my dad! lol!!
Post # 12
- Wedding: March 2014 - A castle
MrsN14: Lol. Last year my 85 year old grandpa got a “Pineapple Express” dvd during white elephant. I could not stop laughing.
Post # 13
MrsN14: lol! I’m the oldest, for a while there was legitimately a lot more of my stuff than anyone elses, then my mom realized and started saving stuff my siblings made and not mine and now there’s very little of mine left. I still win the baby picture category though!!
fyrefly816: My parents have done this – we actually lost a card with concert tickets in the Christmas tree once (cards get stuck in the branches so they don’t get lost…this one got lost) there was a panic when they realized my sister hadn’t opened it!
I like this White Elephant idea…please explain more!