Top Ten Ways Parents Ruin Christmas for Kids

I haven't made a single list all December. Let's change that! What do parents do to ruin Christmas for their young ones?
The Top Ten
1 Force them to take awkward family photos

In my case this year, me and my family were at our friend's house. So me and my sister had to take Christmas photos with their kids. Worst thing about it wasn't taking the photos themselves, but our parents constantly begging us to take another photo every time we kept sitting down thinking we were done. Ugh, they should have at least done it all at once instead of all of us having to get up every single time they told us to come back.

NO ONE CARES ABOUT CHRISTMAS PHOTOS. NO ONE. Seriously, they are always awkward, "everyone get into the picture right by the Christmas tree! ", then about ten photos are taken. And where are those photos gonna end up? On some shelf in which no one really cares about them. Or they are given to a relative you don't see or bother to see.

Ugh even as a teen I still despise this. Literally the only people in your family who care is your mother and/or grandma and/or aunt. Outside of those people nobody gives a damn about taking 20 pictures. Is it really necessary to take pictures EVERY single year? Seems a little unnecessary if you ask me

I hate it especially when I have braces

2 Force them to go to church

Let's all be honest here. Only old people like church. Not a single kid wants to be in church during a holiday of joy and fun. So why do religious Christian parents have to be so adept about attending church when kids are more focused on being nice kids for good presents? Not to mention all the crying babies. Do these parents know that kids don't like church or are they just nonchalant about these kinds of things.

I hate church. I don't just get dragged there on Christmas, but also on Easter Sunday. I am agnostic and none of my family members respect that! My grandmother even said that she WILL make me believe in God! Why the heck would someone force me to believe in someone who probably isn't even real? Jesus! Also yes, Grandma. I can say that. It isn't the end of the world! -CandyBlood13

Not to be heartless or anything, but at Christmas, some of the people can go to church just for praying or not. Yes, there might be crying babies in church, but that is because they want their kids to be there for representing the Christmas spirit and that is something you just have to ignore. And no, forced is not a good word. It's a question of ''feel like it''.

Seriously, Grandma. What part of "I am an atheist and I hate church" do you not understand!? -PastelSnowstorm

3 Force them to attend a party they don't care for

Guess what. I don't like most of my relatives. I don't like attending a party just because it's in any location. I'm not even attending parties even if they are at my own home. I don't like seeing relatives because they really don't care about me that much anyways. Okay, the Christmas parties may be a bit better than others, because you actually get gifts, but still, kids would rather be playing with their new presents INSTEAD of meeting family members.

Oh no, not people who I have to talk to. That's my worst nightmare

This is worse than the family photos thing

I wanna go to my friends house party with tons of vodkaaah

4 Tell them Santa isn't real

Well this one should be pretty obvious. I'm not going into any detail here.

Why do parents even make up stories about Santa in the first place?

You were going to figure out at some point

Happens all the damn time in my family

5 Give them presents they don't care for

Kids can be naughty or nice. Still, there's always the one present they don't care for, usually some clothes. Old people have this stupid habit of giving kids presents they don't want. Ever see A Christmas Story? Ralphie's Aunt Clara gave Ralphie a pink bunny suit. It's an obvious allegory to the obvious gift that no kid cares for.

Well, I'm not into presents anymore at my age. It's now exchanging gifts, so it's safe than sorry.

More like give them presents they DON'T LIKE AT ALL (e.g. coal, diapers for grown ups, a mean Christmas letter, a knuckle sandwich, etc).

@Drawbox-Me neither. I rarely get Christmas gifts from my parents. I mostly get clothes.

6 Replace all the milk in the refrigerator with eggnog

My family is health conscious and they don't drink eggnog that much...

Sounds like something Timmy's Dad would do.

It's okay but I get tired of it really quick

ONLY OLD PEOPLE LIKE EGGNOG. No one buys this on any time of the year except Christmas anyways.

7 Intentionally do things that kids never like to see or do and make them get mad at you with the intent on making them seem "naughty" on the days before Christmas

I think this one speaks for itself as well.

8 Tell kids to study for school next year

Ahh, middle seventh grade, Dad told me to get off my headphones and study biology, and in eighth grade, he told me to forget about my video editing and work on my English class instead, even on Christmas day, even during the winter break, that made me mad, and yes, we are an Asian family. But I'm glad it stopped in freshman year of high school.

This is usually a teacher's or tutor's fault for giving homework over winter break or either putting a test the day after break. But some parents just give you homework or make you study for finals.

Part of this may actually be the teacher's fault for assigning a winter assignment. But in all honesty, don't enforce this, parents.

It is utterly annoying and I simply hate it

9 Ruin Christmas carols by singing horribly

If it's unintentional, it's forgiveable. I'm a bass with no musical talent. But at least I try! My parents intentionally sing at their worst.

If you can't sing, DON'T. Simple common sense. Even kids know what sounds horrible in their ears.

We did this once and never again...

My parents are both bad singers

10 Punish them for not liking certain gifts

This ties in with the 4th item. But if you're a parent and you enforce a gift that a kid doesn't like, you refuse to understand exactly why a kid doesn't like a certain gift. Understand how kids behave, please.

Kids you are grounded for not liking my cocaine gift.

This is so corrupt


The Contenders
11 Tell kids any favor they ask is part of their Christmas presents
12 Make them wait for the parents to wake up to open Christmas presents

This isn't bad. Their just teaching you to save things and don't spoil yourself because if you open your gift before Christmas on Christmas your going to be left out with no gifts to open.

Yeah, this happens in my family. It’s so annoying

13 Ruin Christmas shopping by arguing with you nonstop about what to buy

Exactly me and my dad were arguing back and forth the whole time.

(while holiday shopping)
Me: (sees item I want for Christmas) Can I get this for Christmas? I'll pay for it with my own money.
Mom: No
Me: >:(

14 Not set their kids straight about what’s important and not important during Christmas time

Christmas has been so commercialized by big companies now Christmas is all about how many presents I get how full my stocking is and how big of a Christmas party I can throw!
Do you know what Christmas was supposed to be about Jesus or our Christ and God how created the universe and sent his only son to die on the cross for your sins so you could be his child by believing you are a sinner and that you believe that Jesus died for those sins.
So I sorry that you all had to go to a Christmas party with relatives you don't like and I am sorry your parents told you Santa was real and you had a huge let down but all these things happen because we forget the real importance of Christmas. The real Importance of Christmas is remembering what Jesus has done for us.

Rly? Do you all listen to yourselves? This is exactly what you sound like:
“Going to church on Christmas sucks! I always have gifts I don’t want! I’m forced to go to Christmas parties and socialize with relatives! Poor me my Christmas is ruined! ”
Ummm you guys do know what Christmas is about right? This list sounds like a bunch of whining little kids and is making me sick!
Parents if you don’t do this please start. You’re ruining your children’s christmases by allowing them to complain about foolish things!
I go to church every Christmas morning, attend around 3 Christmas parties every year with relatives in every one of them, and care for all my Christmas presents no matter what they are bcs ik the givers gave me a gift only bcs they wanted to make me happy and show me that they love me.
And yet I’m always happy. So parents remind your children what’s rly important and kids stop complaining. Seriously

15 Not give them any presents

I rarely get Christmas presents from my mom anyway...

16 Threaten to take back gifts after the kid does something bad
17 Disapprove of gifts their children got for Christmas

My aunt got me a plush Shiba Inu for Christmas last year and when my mom found out she wasn't too happy. She did eventually accept the gift, though.

18 Get them in trouble for no reason during a Christmas party

It happened to me twice. On Xmas 2015 my cousin was throwing a massive temper tantrum and constantly terrorized me all because I told her to turn down the volume on the T.V.. My mom told me to let her do whatever she wanted. In 2016 another cousin took a blanket and my sister blamed it on me and MY ENTIRE FAMILY YELLED AT ME.

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