Do you ever look at some of your Christmas presents and wonder what on earth possessed you? There have been a few in this house, Moon Sand (need I say more?), Furby Boom (yes very cute and we had two that talked to each other and would never stop) to name but two. They looked so harmless and fun on the website or shelf and you did not ever consider that there could be anything that would be irritating, messy or downright dangerous about them did you?
This year has certainly been no exception on the Christmas presents gone bad front I can tell you. Let me share just a few examples with you.
We have always had too many balls in this house, it kind of comes with the territory with four sport obsessed males but this year the love of rugby clearly have everyone the exact same relief of finally knowing what to buy my sons and boy did we get some serious balls. A couple of footballs, a basketball and lots of rugby balls. I have no idea who Patrick is but he is missing an awful lot of balls and if he wants them back, he would be welcome to come and get them back. Our house is like some sort of ball pit from hell. Wherever I go, I am tripping over balls, sitting on balls, seeing balls flying towards my precious pictures and ornaments. I even found myself lying next to a rugby ball in bed last night.
Oh, what a lovely idea said I. I knew this would be something that would appeal to my daughter. She loves playing in the bath and as they said that they would be easy to wash off, what could odiously go wrong? Well, my bathroom resembled a scene from Psycho by the time she had finished redecorating. I smiled through gritted teeth at her ‘ta-dah’ moment and was very relieved when most of it washed off. The grouting, however, looks like someone has bled all down it, but hey maybe blood red is a good colour for a bathroom?
I loved the idea of the Tetris lamp, such a cool idea with different shaped blocks which stack on top of each other to form a lamp. It is amazing and looks so cool, however, we quickly discovered that L’s bedside table is not big enough, not straight enough and not far away enough from his thrashing arms as the commotion that the lamp makes when it falls down can probably be heard for miles around. And, this happens a lot. He will spend 15 minutes perfecting the perfect layout and then either knock it over whilst climbing into bed, or he will poke it gently to straighten it and the whole thing will fall down. Cool but totally impractical and noisy.
Now you have to bear with me on this one because I can imagine that you are thinking that a harmless, sweet-looking robot cat can’t be a present from hell. Well, under normal circumstances, it wouldn’t be, but the Zoomer Kitty is actually rather lifelike when it gets moving. This animal was in the Present Top Five for little miss A, but, she hates animals. All animals, but cats and dogs in particular. This thought did pass through my mind very briefly but I quickly dismissed it in the present buying frenzy. She was thrilled with it until we got it out of the box. She spent the next three minutes climbing on the chair getting away from it with me trying to reassure her that it isn’t real. Funnily enough, it hasn’t been turned on since.
So there you have just a few of my festive favourites. Were there any presents that went wrong in your house?