10 PARENTS Who PRANKED THEIR KIDS At CHRISTMAS
Call us cynical, but nothing warms our jolly little hearts more than watching a parent exact years of pent-up revenge by torturing their child on Christmas morning. Okay, okay. We're not complete Grinches. Some of these have a happy ending, so just kick back, enjoy that hot cup of cocoa or fermented eggnog - whichever one you are into - and enjoy these top 10 parents who won at Christmas!
The Console Swap
These all go down pretty much the same way: Parents build up excitement; kid hurriedly tears away wrapping paper to reveal their desired console and launches into a weird, ecstatic jig; kid opens the box to find any number of surprises that aren't the console they expected; parents and viewers lose their minds. Don't worry, there typically isn't much permanent scarring done. In most instances, the console was just hiding out in another box. The reactions of the kids range from storming off hilariously to laughing along with their folks, though the latter is definitely the minority.
When you're afraid that coal or missing Christmas gifts won't be enough of a lesson for your kids, there's always the extreme option that John and Lisa Henderson took in 2014. Deciding the typical parenting techniques weren't enough to keep their trio of boys in line, the Hendersons took away something very dear to many children. After many failed attempts at altering their children's behavior, John and Lisa straight up canceled Christmas and took the money that would have been spent on gifts and dispersed it amongst needy people and service projects. We'll venture a guess that, in 2015, the Henderson boys demonstrated a major attitude adjustment. That or John and Lisa mysteriously went missing…
As this father knows, one way to really get under your kid's skin on Christmas morning is by dishing out a gift that's in the same realm of what they wanted, but a far less flashy version. Looking to prove how spoiled children of today are, Rylie Drummond's father purchased a Pay As You Go phone to act as a decoy for the iPhone 5 they really purchased for her. When she unwraps the cheaper phone, Rylie is clearly not amused, rather quickly proving her father's point. When the real phone is revealed, however, the girl turns on the waterworks and hopefully feels a little bad for her initial reaction.
Anthony Shaw tested his daughter's patience and determination on Christmas morning by handing her a gift wrapped in multiple layers of wrapping paper. Through each layer, her anticipation likely grew and grew and it was evident to her that something big was coming. Apparently, she had been looking forward to a new cell phone all year, and so Anthony made sure an iPhone 4 box was waiting under the final layer. That wasn't the end, however, as within the iPhone 4 box was even more wrapping paper, which eventually gave way to an iPod Shuffle. The girl took things well and seemed to enjoy her iPod, even after 14-layers of anticipation.
Testing The Waters
Ever wonder just how ungrateful your child can be? Turns out, Christmas morning may be the best day to find out! All you need to do is give them something terrible, a gift that completely leaves a void in their tiny little hearts. For instance, a bottle of mustard for a kid that doesn't even like mustard, or an ice cream scoop for their younger sister. If their reaction is an unexpected one of gratitude, you can dish out the real gift and let them go on enjoying their Christmas day. Should they act like a brat, scream, or cry, feel free to take things as far as you wish.
No Gifts For You!
Stepping up the whole "Santa is a prick" game is this gem, which sets up one child as the outcast that gets nothing for Christmas. The only real commitment you need to make is acting like there were gifts from the family under the tree until that mean 'ole St. Nick came by and removed them. Act surprised and appalled that your child's presents were taken because they were so bad all year and wait for the tears to start streaming. The kid being Christmas Punked in this scenario keeps decent composure for someone who just found out a fat man stole his gifts but left his siblings’.
Coal For All!
Kids are warned all year about the potential for coal in their stockings should they not alter their bad behavior, so why not act upon said threat come Christmas morning? Nothing gets the point across more than piles of charcoal for each of your spawn. As your kids struggle to remove the black soot from their hands, they'll sit in a sad confusion as they try to comprehend a Christmas with no gifts and the cruelty of Santa Claus. This torturous trick is two-fold, however, as coal is not easy to clean when it gets everywhere, but these parents seem to think it was well worth the mess.
Make Them Work For It
This is along the lines of the "Gift Scavenger Hunt," but it requires subjecting your child to a bit more torment. Christmas morning goes as planned with everybody tearing into wrapping paper like savage beasts, but there's something missing: that one gift your child asked for all year. You don't want to disappoint your child entirely, but you also want to make them work for it, so all you need to do is hide their most desired item under piles of gift wrap and have them do the post-madness clean-up. For Brandon Langford's son, an Xbox One, followed by tearful gratitude, waited beneath a pile of torn paper.
The Early Gift
What's a parent to do when their child is demanding an early Christmas gift? Well, if you have a heart that's easily melted by those puppy dog eyes, you undoubtedly give in and hand over a present. If you have a heart but it's more along the size of the Grinch's, you come up with a dastardly scheme to give them what they want and shatter their dreams at the same time. In the case of sweet little Gabby, her demented gift-givers couldn't help but give in to her Christmas gift anticipation, though what they delivered was not what the girl expected. As the suspense heightened, Gabby pulled back the cardboard to reveal a box of cleaning supplies and a slice of bread.
The Great Gift Hunt
Nothing says torturing your children like having them open a giant box only to find a small piece of paper with directions they have to decipher to start their Christmas gift scavenger hunt. There's really no lesson for children to learn with this classic holiday gift-giving tactic, except maybe a brief introduction to properly following instructions, but it's a good way to drive your kids crazy before that big present reveal. These 2 families ended their hunt on a positive note, but you can put a more diabolical spin on it and lead your children to the grave disappointment of a pair of socks.