The mother was met with mixed responses after her husband shared the rules about gift-opening in their family.
Christmas is around the corner, and we all know what excites the inner kid in us. Opening presents! As children, we're all left guessing what we will potentially get as gifts. Christmas and the holidays are all about unwrapping presents with family and friends under the tree. What could be killjoys in such a happy gifting festivity, you must be wondering? This Reddit user shared that his wife has implemented a new rule that is hard on the kids. The user going by username u/JonPM writes, “Opening presents are always annoying here. My wife likes to ration presents for the kids and have them open one every hour or two,” he writes as he talks about the spoilsport his wife plays during Christmas with rules and regulations.
Worrying about the rules, this concerned father writes, “I prefer to just sit down and take turns opening all of them,” and asks the Redditors further, “What's your process for gifts?” The question was bombarded with responses from several users who called out the mother for killing the joy of Christmas morning. A user replied in the thread, “One per hour? What do you guys do to fill the rest of the hour? We take turns to open, and if a child wants to stop and play with something right now, super. Completely up to him,” writes 0112358_ as the reasons behind the plan were not written for the background of the situation.
Another user, Ravioli_meatball19 writes, “I don't understand. When I was a child I definitely had Christmases where I had ten gifts, you know between all my family members, parents, and "Santa",” as the user hints to ask how many hours it takes the user and his family to open their gifts and what do they do in between to spend the together while waiting to open other gifts. The user added the question, “... do these people really take TEN HOURS to open gifts?????” which turned out to be hilarious for many.
Further down the thread, several users had a funny take on it, while some also pointed out the reasons behind the decision. A user hints, “First of all, you could be more sensitive that not everyone has tons of gifts. Secondly, when I was a child we did something similar, but it's not like we sat staring at the wrapped gifts. We opened one or two and played with them, had breakfast, and maybe went for a walk. Then a couple more, then Christmas dinner,” as the user continues to write about their childhood experience, “It stretched them out rather than the scenario where kids open everything and it's kind of an anti-climax. I imagine OP's wife means something similar. Not everyone has to do it but I don't think it's unreasonable,” as the user @ Serious_Escape_5438 supports the writer's wife.
Parenting is not easy, thus judging parenting skills also needs a precise understanding of the situation. To help kids understand the value of gifting and to keep their curiosity amongst the kids, such steps may be taken but, it should be kept in mind that Christmas is all about fun and rules.
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