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Do you enjoy practical jokes at Christmas?

Asked by Dutchess_III (26699 points ) December 19th, 2011

Either playing them, or being on the receiving end. My daughter told me the other day that she had failed as a mother because her kids had never seen Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. I told her she needed to get Savannah Smiles too; She said, “OMG! I haven’t thought of that movie in FOREVER!”
As a little girl, she could watch that movie 3 or 4 times a day, if I’d let her!
Well, I promptly ordered it for her for Christmas.
Well, I have a new DVD of The Princess Bride lying about. Got it on a whim, wasn’t sure who to give it to. My daughter saw it (and noticed for the first time that you can turn the case upside down and it still reads The Princess Bride…I’d never realized that either!) Then I asked her if she had it at home. She said, “No.”
Now it’s planted in her mind that I’m going to give her The Princess Bride… : ) But Savannah Smiles is going to be in the Princess Bride DVD cover! Heh! (And later I’ll give her the DVD that says Savannah, and The PB will be in there!)

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marinelife's avatar

I am not much of a fan of practical jokes although yours seems quite harmless.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Christmas jokes always are. It’s not like April Fool’s day.

Blondesjon's avatar

No. My Mom died on Christmas Eve in a horrible Whoopie Cushion accident.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Well, my Gramma got run over by a reindeer!

Sunny2's avatar

My mother drowned in a bathtub of eggnog. I’ll always think of her as smelling of nutmeg.
Sorry, @Dutchess_III, we shouldn’t make fun of tragedy. Just being silly.

TheIntern55's avatar

Well, when I got my Uggs for Christmas, my uncle decided to play a joke on me. He said,“You want boots? Here you go!” and gave me a pair of polka dotted rain golashes thinking I’d be upset I didn’t get the Uggs. But it backfired on him because I love the rain boots as much as the Uggs! He doesn’t understand my sense of “fashion”.
@Blondesjon I’m so sorry for your loss. I’ll be sure to Whoopie Cushion safely from now on.

YARNLADY's avatar

No, I don’t like practical jokes of any kind at any time.

LuckyGuy's avatar

I don’t care for practical jokes. You can hang out with me and relax in the knowledge that I will never trick you. Boring? Maybe. But the trust sure is comforting.

digitalimpression's avatar

Yours is harmless but in general, I wouldn’t like a practical joke on Christmas at all.

Linda_Owl's avatar

I don’t like “practical jokes” at any time.

Dutchess_III's avatar

I love them! One April day I came home, turned on the kitchen faucet…and quickly learned that my son had taped down the handle on the sprayer! It’s OK. His bed wound up with crushed corn flakes in them that night!
We mess with each other all the time, and I love it.
Really…it has nothing to do with whether I trust him or not.

YARNLADY's avatar

Ok, one joke – putting the present in several different boxes, from large to small.

Dutchess_III's avatar

There you go!

DrBill's avatar

i love to disuse the present, i.e.:
get a small bell, put it inside a paper towel tube, seal the ends, so the bell can roll from end to end, put a paper towel tube in the box. with the present.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Like that! Thank you @DrBill! That was a great idea! Now, get back to your egg nog!

mangeons's avatar

Not necessarily on Christmas, but I do think practical jokes are funny in general (especially if I’m not on the receiving end!) Yours sounds silly and harmless, and I’m sure your daughter will see the humor in it! :-)

JLeslie's avatar

I hate practical jokes, and like @LuckyGuy you can feel safe that I won’t be tricking you. One time I did put a small gift in a biggish box with something heavy, because I did not want my husband to guess what was inside, but I don’t think of that as a practical joke. Practical jokes to me tend to embarass the person. Anyway, that is the one time I can think of being deceptive like that, amd honestly it didn’t go over big, I would not do something like that again.

sliceswiththings's avatar

Oh yeah, little harmless ones.

Every year our best family friends have a Christmas Eve party. Last year, a friend and I went around their house and chose a few of their pre-existing items (and old remote control, a framed photo, etc.). We wrapped them and put them under their tree with labels indicating a giver and receiver within their immediate family. It took them a while to figure out who was behind this!!

Coloma's avatar

I don’t know if it qualifies as a practical joke, but, I have wrapped the worlds UGLIEST brown and pink and blue striped vinyl tablecloth as a gift for my daughter. She doesn’t know it is for her painting so she can paint on her (—drum roll)... BRAND NEW AWESOME DINING ROOM SET.—Yeah, I know, I’m a great mom! lololol

Dutchess_III's avatar

I’ve never been embarrassed or hurt by a practical joke.

When I was in college some friends of ours got married. While they were on their honey moon we went to their house and did all kinds of things to it…like, we took all the labels off their canned goods! : ) It was fun.

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