Mine is one that was horribly embarrassing at the time, but I now find hilarious. Or at least, it definitely always makes me laugh, just thinking about it.
When our kids were small we could never really afford much for Christmas. But my husband’s brother, a computer programmer, always had presents galore at their house. One year when my youngest, Elijah, was about 3 years old, my husband’s family did Christmas Eve at his brother’s house. They’d gotten presents for our kids and they were all going to open them after dinner. Elijah’s present was the biggest in the room. It was in a box almost as big as he was. He was soooo excited.
I don’t know what he was expecting to be in that box, but whatever it was, it was something much better than what it actually contained. When he opened it to discover it was a huge plastic dinosaur puppet that made dinosaur noises, he became very upset.
“I don’t want this! This is STOOOOPIIIID!!” and he threw it down as hard as he could on the floor.
I was mortified. I had to drag him out of the room kicking and yelling. There were other presents for him to open but he didn’t care. He was just so mad that the big present wasn’t what he thought it’d be.
One of those parenting nightmare moments that become a favorite funny family moment to reflect on.
One other memory to share—every year when I was a kid, my parents would give me and my two brothers each a deck of cards in our stockings. And we, all being introverts, would each spend Christmas day playing solitaire. My husband still laughs about that one.
What are some of your favorite Christmas memories?