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People Are Talking About The Most Uncomfortable Christmas Moments Their Families Have Experienced

Ah Christmas! A time for family celebrations, holiday cheer, giving and love. The season which brings so much joy can also bring so much panic, terror and at its peak worst: horror. 

According to a 2018 report by the  National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Christmas remains the leading holiday for home fires. In fact, NFPA states that Christmas Eve and Christmas Day are the ” two of the three highest fire risk days of the year.”  To highlight all of the drama (and danger) that includes the Christmas season and put a fun twist on it, we rounded up someone of the most bizarre and uncomfortable Christmas stories from Reddit

The year swine flu came to place.

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“2008: I came down with swine flu and had to wear a surgical mask. My deadbeat dad went to jail. And on Christmas morning I found my beloved pet parakeet dead on the bottom of his cage. My neighbors looked out their back window that day to see a sobbing 17-year-old in a pink bathrobe and SARS mask saying a funeral for a dead bird in the middle of a blizzard.”– user unidentified.  

The notch on the bedpost carved by teeth.

“9 year old me ran into my mum & dad’s room excited to open presents. Unfortunately, as I was running in, I tripped over a rug and smashed my teeth against my parent’s bed post. Blood was everywhere. I lost one tooth (luckily a baby tooth) and fractured my adult incisor. I had to wait 6 hours in hospital for a specialist to arrive. Didn’t get to open any of my presents, and had to drink my Christmas dinner through a straw! We still have the bed post, with 3 clear distinct teeth marks.” – Josh7534

The mouse that ate Christmas.

“Not my story, but my parents told me that when they were first married, they handmade a popcorn string to go around the tree. Over the next week, they kept noticing that pieces of the popcorn string were missing, but they weren’t sure what was doing it because they didn’t own any pets. Finally one night they heard a noise out in the living room so they went to go investigate, and it turns out there was a mouse coming out to eat the popcorn string every night!I would love to see your finished article when you’re done! I love the idea! I’ll definitely let you know if I think of any others!” user codelee wrote.

When the little brother who ruined dessert.

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“Well, this happened just last year. We had food set out on the table, and we were all sitting on chairs around it. Out of nowhere, my brother’s chair snaps and he tries to grab onto the table but can only grab the cloth, and as he falls to the floor, he pulls the cloth with him a bit. The only thing that fell was a massive chocolate cake, but it splattered everywhere. Everyone couldn’t stop laughing for the night,” Old_and_Moistshared.

When the tree comes, the cats come out to destroy it.

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“While I wasn’t yet born at the time, (I was born in ’96 and this happened around about ’94 or ’95), Mum and Dad had put the then-brand new six-foot-tall Christmas tree up and had finished decorating it, when the cat decided to climb into the tree and start clambering his way up. As expected, gravity prevailed, and the whole thing fell down, destroying almost all the delicate glass baubles that hung around the tree’s midsection. When I was a kid, I always thought that the glass baubles were put up high so I couldn’t clumsily knock them off while helping decorate. While we had another kitten enter the household when I was just 1, apparently he loved climbing the tree just as much as his predecessor did, hence the tradition of having all the glass decorations well out of reach of a mischievous feline! This story never fails to give me a chuckle, and it reminds me of Archie, the cat who grew up alongside me, and stayed by my side even in his final few years,” explained ChristmasGodzilla96.  

That time the dad couldn’t control his temper and threw the tree through the window.

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“My family only ever got one real tree. This being my parents first buying experience they didn’t know that you can get a slanted trunk that won’t stay up. My dad realized that after attempting to get it to stay up multiple times. This was back when he had less control over anger. My mom leaves the room for a bit and comes back to find he had chucked the tree off the balcony of the apartment. We’ve had the same fake tree my whole life.” — Rekcikssa23

That year this family member wasn’t so forgotten they didn’t get one present.

“My younger cousin snuck my present from the tree at my grandparents’, and held it hostage for about a month or so. We were all bewildered and freaked out, and my grandpa took their lab to the vet’s office to make sure he didn’t eat it.

I remember crying, because I was the only kid who didn’t get a present, out of 8-9 cousins. My aunt eventually found it in his room. So always make sure that all gifts are accounted for and there for Christmas, and that nothing is missing. It’s the difference between a happy christmas, and the christmas of a whining screaming child, while all of my cousins lost faith in their belief of Santa Claus,” said chokingonlego.

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A School District Employee Cut A Biracial Girl’s Hair Without Her Parents’ Permission


A School District Employee Cut A Biracial Girl’s Hair Without Her Parents’ Permission

At a young age, Black women are often given the instruction to not allow “anyone to touch your hair” by their mothers or fathers. The direction is often given as a sort of shield. Don’t let anyone touch your hair can mean ‘don’t let anyone ruin the hard work I put into it’ but more underlining is the notion to not allow anyone to make you feel “other” because your hair is different from their own.

A father from Michigan has a new reason for delivering this message to his 7-year-old daughter.

On March 24, Jimmy Hoffmeyer’s daughter Jurnee came home from her school, Ganiard Elementary, with the right side of her hair sheered off by a classmate. According to USA Today, Jurnee’s schoolmate cut off two to three inches of Jurnee’s hair. That same day, Hoffmeyer brought Jurnee to a local hair salon to fix her hair. The stylist cut Jurnee’s hair in an asymmetrical cut and also provided the little girl with free haircuts until her hair finally grew back in length.

All seemed to have been fixed.

Then, two days later, Jurnee returned home from school with her hair cut on the other side.

Jurnee told her father that the school’s library employee cut off the other side. In an attempt to get answers, Hoffmeyer attempted to contact his daughter’s school over the phone. After several calls and no answers, he contacted the police.

According to USA Today, the Mount Pleasant Police Department told the oultet that Hoffmeyer contacted them but never filed a police report. 

Hoffmeyer went onto tell USA Today that an assistant at Jurnee’s school apologized to him for the incident before explaining that the school’s principal would not be able to speak with him until after spring break because he was out of the office. “On April 5, he said he received a call from the principal and was told the librarian would receive marks on her report but did not have the authority to do anything further,” reports USA Today. “Hoffmeyer said he received a call 45 minutes later from the district’s superintendent, Jennifer Verleger, who offered to send Jurnee an apology card in the mail.”

In response to the offer, Hoffmeyer said “An apology card to a 7-year-old who is humiliated and has to be around her classmates like this?”

The Mount Pleasant School District released a statement to parents that claimed “a student asked for her hair to be cut both times, first by a classmate and later by a library employee.”

The released letter was signed by Verlege and stated that Jurnee’s teacher knew that the library employee planned to cut her hair.

Both Jurnee’s teacher and the school librarian apologized for their actions.

Hoffmeyer, who is biracial told USA Today that “his classmate who cut his daughter’s hair and the librarian were both white, but he is trying hard not to make this situation about race. Jurnee’s mother is white.”

“It’s hard to come to any decision when you don’t have answers to why it was done,” Hoffmeyer told the outlet before revealing that he unenrolled Jurnee from her elementary school and she is now attending Vowles Elementary School.

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Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson Says People Always Assumed He Was a Girl Growing Up Because He Had ‘Soft Features’


Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson Says People Always Assumed He Was a Girl Growing Up Because He Had ‘Soft Features’

Dwayne Johnson, agreeably one of the most “masculine” presenting people in the world, recently revealed that people weren’t always so quick to assume he was so. In an interview on “Sunday Today with Willie Geist,” that took place earlier this week the American actor and former professional wrestler revealed that when he was a child, people often assumed he was a girl. 

Speaking about his experience with presumed gender identity, The Rock revealed that people often thought he was girl because of his “soft features.”

“I would say between the ages of 7 and 11, people thought that I was a little girl because I had really soft features and I had really soft Afro hair,” he explained in his interview with Willie Geist.

The actor even went so far as to share a time in his life as a fifth-grader who was riding on a school bus.

“I sit down next to a kid, and within 60 seconds, he goes, ‘Can I ask you something?'” The Rock recalled. “I said, ‘Yeah.’ He goes, ‘Are you a boy or a girl?'”

Drawing on this time in his life, Johnson revealed that likely this also chalks up to his frequent moves as a child.

During his childhood, Johnson’s father Rocky Johnson was a professional wrestler who often moved his family around. According to John, he attended thirteen different schools by the time he was in high school.

“I have had a Forrest Gump-ian childhood growing up,” Johnson explained in his interview. “Wrestling in the ’80s and in the ’70s was way different than it is today. A lot of the times, including my father, the wrestlers would live paycheck to paycheck.”

The former wrestler reflection on earlier days coincides with the recent premiere of the hit NBC sitcom “Young Rock” a new series based on his life.

Fans of Johnson will be glad to know that he also stars in the series.

He is also portrayed by three different actors Adrian Groulx, Bradley Constant and Uli Latukefu.

“Growing up, and you know we specifically went with these timelines in my life that were very defining times at 10 years old, 15 and 18 … there’s a lot of things in between those years that took place … but it was complicated and the relationship that I had with my dad was incredibly complicated — that was fueled by tough love,” he explained during NBC’s TCA press tour in an interview about the series.

He went onto share that his father “was kicked out of his house at 13 and he was homeless, so that then shaped the man who then raised me… And in that complication came an extraordinary life that was full of travel. I lived in 13 different states by the time I was 13 years old, also lived in New Zealand.”

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