People Confess The Times They Accidentally Ruined Christmas

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'Tis the season to be jolly, except when the celebrations are accidentally ruined. Whether it's spoiling the truth about Santa or ruining the family's Christmas card, here are the best stories of the holidays accidentally going wrong. 

Some posts have been edited due to length. All posts courtesy of r/tifu

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  • 1
    1,929 VOTES

    Bought Everyone A DNA Test And Ruined Christmas

    From Redditor u/Snorkels721:

    This year for Christmas, I gave my mom, dad, brother, and 2 sisters each an AncestryDNA kit as I thought it would be a great gift idea. 

    Today, as soon as everyone opened their gifts at the same time, my mom started freaking out. She told us how she didn’t want us taking them because they had unsafe chemicals. We explained to her how there were actually no chemicals, but she was still flustered. Later, she started trying to convince us that only one of us kids needed to take it since we will all have the same results and to resell the extra kits to save money.

    Fast forward to late that night: Our parents have been fighting upstairs for the past hour, and we are downstairs trying to figure out who has a different dad. Merry Christmas everyone!


    TL;DR: I bought everyone in my family AncestryDNA kit for Christmas. My mom started freaking. Now our parents are fighting and my dad might not be my dad.

    1,929 votes
  • 2
    1,251 VOTES

    Santa Gets Gifts At A 7-11

    From Redditor u/boxedwinedrinker:

    It was the day before Christmas, bleary eyed from drinks with the neighbors the night before, I took the recycling bins and garbage can to the curb. There were two full black garbage bags in the garage as well, so I took them too.

    Later that Christmas Eve, I started dozing off when my wife woke me up asking, "Where are the stocking stuffers?"

    Me: "What do you mean?"

    Wife: "They were in the garage in a black garbage bag but now I can't find them. I had them wrapped and everything."

    I suddenly realized exactly what I had done in my hangover-state, I had thrown away all the kids' "Santa" presents. Since it was Christmas Eve, every store was long since closed, except for 7-11. And that's why that Christmas is remembered by my kids as the year Santa brought nothing but tons of candy and scratch-and-win lottery tickets.


    TL;DR: I accidentally threw away all of my kids' presents and stocking stuffers on Christmas Eve, so I had to buy replacements at 7-11.

    1,251 votes
  • 3
    1,010 VOTES

    Observant Kid Reveals The Truth About Santa To The Younger Kids

    From Redditor u/datacollect_ct:

    It was Cristmas morning at our grandparents house. My 7 younger cousins, younger brother and I were obviously PUMPED to get up and open presents, check the stockings and see if Santa ate the cookies.

    Well, my Uncle had gotten creative and took a boot, put ashes on the bottom of it, and then made footprints leading from the fireplace to the tree to make it look like Santa did his thing and came down the chimney! Pretty clever! We all get together marveling at his work. Everyone is elated and impressed. Except for me...

    I notice that Santa only has left feet... So, I say, "Why does Santa only have left feet?"

    Silence... Some of the adults were impressed with my observation, but the other kids were very skeptical and needless to say, they realized the truth about Santa that Christmas.


    TL;DR: I was an observant child and spoiled Santa.

    1,010 votes
  • 4
    789 VOTES

    Volunteer Santa's Giant Mishap 

    From Redditor u/b1rdnest:

    I offered to volunteer as Santa once a week over Christmas. All I had to do was listen to the kids and hand them a present. One kid ran at me and tried to jump in my lap. His feet landed directly on my groin.

    I immediately bolted up. The kid fell backwards over the chair and ended up chipping his tooth. Meanwhile, I slipped and fell on one of the fake reindeer and crushed it. The kid was bawling. Some others kids in line started crying.

    I was told to go home. As I walked out, two women hit me with purses. The worst part is I had a drink with my friend before and forgot gum for my breath. So, I was ultimately fired because they thought I was drunk.


    TL;DR: Got fired as a volunteer Santa.

    789 votes
  • 5
    920 VOTES

    Got Fired Before Christmas

    From Redditor u/TuaTurnsdaballova:

    Right before Christmas, I heard a rumor at work that a few people were being let go before the end of year. One of my teammates is a young immigrant from Singapore who just had a baby. I barely know him but he’s always a kind hardworking dude. I hated the idea of him being laid off before Christmas. 

    I go to lunch with my boss twice a week just to hang out and brought up the layoff rumors during our last lunch. He confirmed the rumors. During lunch, I jokingly told my boss that if he had to choose someone he should let me go instead of the guy who just had a baby. He laughed and said I was fine and that he liked me and didn’t want me leaving.

    Two days later, boss told me I was being let go and thanked me for making the decision easy for him.


    TL;DR: Jokingly told my boss he should lay me off instead of my coworker who just had a baby. I was let go two days later.

    920 votes
  • 6
    709 VOTES

    Hanging Christmas Lights Goes Wrong

    From Redditor u/flannelcavities:

    One Christmas, after all the lights were attached to the roof, I was ready to head on down. However, I realized how far of a drop there was between my roof and my ladder. I just couldn't do it. Instead, I decided to scoot down by my gutters and let myself down. Living in a one story house as a 6'4" man, I thought it would be an easy drop.

    Without a second thought, I leaped off the roof and did an awesome combat roll. Then it happened. My left foot went absolutely numb as it hit the grass. I laid in my yard like Woody in Toy Story 2 when he had the nightmare that Andy didn't want to play with him anymore.

    My wife laughed at me thinking I was joking about being hurt until I took my shoe off. We discovered that I dislocated my pinky toe, broke the other 3 small toes, and fractured my ankle. I'm now required to have surgery to repair the suspected ligament damage as well as fix my 3 toes. I will not be able to put any weight on my left foot for about 8 weeks.


    TL;DR: Man puts Christmas lights on roof, attempts to jump off roof instead of taking the ladder, and ends up with broken toes and an ankle that needs surgery to ensure his foot still looks and functions like a foot in 2 months.

    709 votes