Jimmy Kimmel 2014: A Christmas Nightmare

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Christmas is a time for gratitude, family, and friends. So, naturally, Jimmy Kimmel put a challenge out to parents to push the boundaries of gratitude and, in cases, the bonds of family.

For the past few years, Kimmel has asked parents to prank their children by letting them open one gift early at Christmas. The joke is that the presents are awful. And the parents were ready. They wrapped onions, batteries, old bananas, invisible dog fences, and a whole bunch of other whacky stuff. And the kids, by and large, were not pleased.

The reactions range from tentatively grateful, to violent, with younger kids looking confused and older kids cursing Santa’s name.

Check out the video here for a few holiday ho-ho-hos. We certainly got a chuckle out of it.


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Sam Ferrante is a poet, editor, facilitator, and writer born on Long Island, college-fed in Western New York and Paris, and then poetically raised in Buffalo, NY; Ireland; and Australia. A former member of the Pure Ink Poetry team in Buffalo and a regular competitor in Dublin's Slam Sunday, Sam was a Co-Creative Producer at Melbourne-based Slamalamadingdong in addition to serving on the Melbourne Spoken Word Committee. Sam has been published in Ghost City Press, Blowing Raspberries, and The Dirty Thirty Anthology and has been featured at The Owl & Cat Session, La Mama Poetica, Girls on Key, and White Night 2016 among others. Her debut book of poetry, Pick Me Up, got rave reviews from her Mom. She is currently the Editor of CrowdInk.