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    Knew Who All Along

    | GA, USA | Parents & Guardians, Spouses & Partners, Theme Of The Month

    (We are opening Christmas presents at my parents’ house, and my husband opens a gift from my father, which is a DVD of the animated movie ‘Horton Hears a Who?’ My husband is a little confused but is very polite.)

    Husband: “Oh, thank you. We’ll enjoy watching this.”

    Dad: “That’s the movie, right? The one you always talk about, Horton Who?”

    Husband: “Um, no. I’ve never seen this, but thank you, I’m sure we’ll love it.”

    Dad: “But that’s it, isn’t it, [My Name]? You told me he liked the Who movies?”

    (I realize what has happened and start laughing.)

    Me: “Dad, I said he liked Doctor Who!”

    Dad: “Doctor what?”

    Both Of Us:Doctor Who!”

    Me: “But really, it’s okay. It’s not a big deal.”

    Dad: “Well, what else is in that box?”

    (My husband removes a piece of cardboard from the box to reveal a hidden ‘Doctor Who’ DVD! Dad laughed about the look on our faces all day!)

    First World Seasonal Problems

    | NY, USA | Parents & Guardians, Siblings, Theme Of The Month

    (It is Christmas morning, and everyone in my family is happily unwrapping presents. Suddenly, one of my little sisters stands up, her arms full of toys, and bursts into tears.)

    Mom: “What is it? What’s wrong?”

    Sister: “I got EVERYTHING that I wanted for Christmas!” *sobs harder* “Now there’s nothing left for me to get for my birthdaaay!”

    Always My Santa Baby

    | USA | Parents & Guardians, Theme Of The Month

    (I stopped believing in Santa when I was about five years old, when I saw my mother bringing presents from the attic on Christmas Eve. I kept telling my mom I still believed in Santa for quite a few years. I am 12 years old at the time of this story.)

    Mom: “[My Name], can you come in here, please?”

    Me: *thinking I’m in trouble* “What is it?”

    Mom: “Well, your older sister and I were talking today. And… she thinks… that maybe… you still believe in Santa.”

    Me: “Oh, that! I haven’t believed in Santa for years. I just keep pretending that I still believe because you’re always saying that your baby is growing up too fast.”

    (It’s still one of my Mom’s favorite stories!)

    Hit The Show Running

    | CO, USA | Parents & Guardians

    (My dad and I are just leaving a fast food restaurant much later than expected mostly due to poor service.)

    Me: “Wow, it’s 7:45.”

    Dad: “Oh, I wanted to go running before 8.”

    Me: “Yeah, and [my favorite TV show] comes on at 8.”

    Dad: “Then we’d definitely better get home quick.”

    Me: *laughing* “I’m glad you understand how important [TV show] is to me.”

    Losing Your Religion Over It

    | Edinburgh, Scotland, UK | Children, Parents & Guardians, Sons & Daughters, Theme Of The Month

    (I am in my local Pakistani owned corner shop, shortly before Christmas. The owner’s two young children are playing around the shelves in the shop.)

    Owner: *to his kids* “Hey, you two. If you don’t start behaving, I’ll phone Santa and remind him we are Muslim.”

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