Part of my future mother philosophy is "What good is having a kid if you can't mess with him/her a little bit?" Parents, am I right? Jimmy Kimmel has made a name for himself with his "I Ate Your Halloween Candy" videos, proving that pranking your own kids IS FUNNY. You never know what reaction you are going to get out of them, thus bringing an element of surprise to finding out how well you have parented your child. Will they cry? Scream? Feign politeness? Release a relentless profanity filled tirade? I don't have kids yet, but I am fairly certain there are Christmas gift pranks in their bright little futures.
Every year we would go down to my grandpa's in Lompoc after Christmas for a second Christmas. One year, during our regular Christmas, I had gotten my dream gift... The My Little Pony Perfume Palace. Mom of course taped (on VHS people!) my reaction when I opened this amazing gift, and let's just say there was a lot of shaking (**convulsing**) with excitement. Tara got some items she was super stoked on and Kelly was two so our excitment made her excited for whatever she was opening, too. It was a great Christmas for the Fitzpatricks.
A few days later at our second Christmas at Grandpa's, my mom and him thought it would be hilarious to re-wrap some of our gifts and videotape our reactions. This was all pre-Jimmy Kimmel, mind you. Anyway, our little children selves set about unwrapping with gusto our new round of presents. You start to hear, "I already got this," and a very weak, insincere, "Thank you, Grandpa." Mom and Grandpa at this point were in stitches and trying to ask through crying laughter, "What did you get?" "What did Santa bring you?" Tara and I continued to react with ungrateful politeness, genuine confusion, and probably a little bit of anger. While I couldn't be too upset with scoring a second Perfume Palace, we also thought we had just been gifted a second child-sized broom and dust pan set (we were tricked into chores at a young age). Kelly on the other hand was just a happy-go-lucky two year old messing in the wrapping paper and laughing because along with our guardians who were beside themselves with the success of their prank.
I know this Elf on the Shelf business is pretty popular, but I say if you're just looking for a priceless reaction out of your kids, save yourself some work and brain power. Re-wrap some items your child already owns and wait for some pure parent gold.
Another recipe coming in tomorrow's post...