The flip side to yesterday’s Christmas morning disappointments is this collection of almost terror-like reactions to Santa really coming through with that most coveted gift.
I’m sure our reactions were much more subdued and not YouTube worthy at all (if there were such a thing at the time), but I do have fond memories of that mid-1960s Christmas morning when my brother and I unwrapped our new Johnny Seven One-Man-Army guns.
Many of these are pranks by parents, some of them kind of cruel, but they all demonstrate the relative importance of what’s inside that gift wrapping on Christmas day since, when you’re 8 years old, nothing is more important than what’s under that tree.
I recall one bad experience while in elementary school when I was developing an interest in music and was assured that a trumpet was waiting for me under the tree. Turns out it was a toy trumpet made of plastic rather than brass, and it didn’t go over well.