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These Seriously Sad Christmas Presents Were Worse Than Actual Coal

Nightmare Christmas gifts.

They’re terrible to give and in most cases even worse to receive. With every year that passes, we often learn time and again that actually buying a Christmas gift never gets easier and in fact, can be pretty tricky. Mostly because there’s nothing quite so memorable as a terribly given Christmas gift.

Users on Reddit know this truth all too well.

So much so that there are entire POSTS dedicated to the worst Christmas gifts ever received on Reddit.

Check out the worst below!

“My aunt told me she had donated £20 to hungry kids in my name, I don’t think she did.”- Pbund

“I missed my final connecting flight from Canada to Eastern Europe because of a snowstorm a few years ago. I spent 14 hours of christmas day in the shitty (closed) terminal of Rome’s fiumicino airport, not allowed into the main terminal because there was nobody working at the passport control desks. I had friends in the city I could have otherwise killed time with. After finally being discovered, they kept sending me to other cities across Europe to catch a connecting flight to my final destination, but every plane I took landed late and I missed the connection each time. I spend christmas eve, christmas day and boxing day flying back and forth between Frankfurt, Munich, Rome, and Vienna in no particular order, with no money (I was expecting a 25-30 hour trip, meals on the plane), no food since the last two days were on flights offering nothing but drinks, and a dead phone with no charger. I couldn’t remember my parents number (it was long as fuck, confusing country/area code, and my brain was fried) so they didn’t know where I was either. So after all this, I get home really late on Boxing Day, and my parents tell me my cat died on Christmas.”-isthisuniqueenough4u

“My dad went to Kmart, and found a cheap ass little alarm clock designed to look like police lights, that played a siren. Either that, or my when oldest brother glued the cover of a nudie magazine onto a car magazine from the 80’s and gave it to 15 year old me.” –Gustavius040210

“I got a Nintendo system for Christmas right after they first came out. It was what I asked for, but the game seemed a lot more fun in the commercials. The game I got was called “Staring Contest”. You played against Walter Mondale, the idea was not to blink your eyes before he did. Years later my mother admitted that she just taped an 8″ by 10″ photograph of Mondale to the TV screen, and the “Nintendo” machine was really just a shoe box with a cat toy for the controller. Anyway, don’t ever get into a staring contest with Walter Mondale. He’s REALLY good at that game. I only won once in the whole time I had the game.” –anthonymyers3000

“My parents actually got me coal one year. They usually filled my stocking with candy and little games but that year I just got coal. I ran through my head every bad thing I could have done that year. I decided it was because I started using curse words. I almost cried because I thought I was on the naughty list for good. Turns out my parents just wanted to fuck with me.” –lmMrMeeseeksLookAtMe

“My mom once gave me an umbrella. Not just any umbrella, but my own umbrella. One that she had given me the year before. I had left it in the garage next to my golf bag during the winter, she wrapped it up and gave it to me again.” –SulfurTongue

“NOTHING. Years ago. After flying across the country, buying thoughtful gifts and cards for each person (father, stepmother, half-sister), on minimum wage, and watching them open their presents while slowly realizing they hadn’t even gotten me a card. They are very well off financially and spoil my half-sister like crazy. It sucked.”- rhetoricetc

“My first “real” relationship – in the sense that it involved mutual mushing-together of naughty bits – began when I was sixteen years old. It lasted for two and a half years after that, which I’ve been told is fairly impressive for a couple in high school. Truth be told, that span of time is most notable when you consider the fact that the young woman and I were almost completely incompatible… and that was never more evident than when she tried to give me gifts. During our first Christmas together, my then-girlfriend gave me a pair of hand weights, of the sort that might be held by a jogger wearing leggings. They had clearly been purchased from the bargain bin at the local thrift store… but I told myself it was the thought that mattered (even if I wasn’t sure that any thought had gone into the gift at all). Besides, we had only been dating for about three months, and it was probably unfair of me to expect anything at all. Unfortunately, that would set the stage for every gift I’d receive from the girl. I need to pause for a moment and explain something about this young woman. Although she was ambitious and talented, she had almost zero patience for practice or preparation. Her idea of putting on a poetry performance, for example, was to get up on stage and improvise while using a tone of voice that made it sound like she was reciting something. That would have been fine, except for the fact that she was really bad at improvisation, and she had a tendency to lie about how much work she’d done on something. Please keep that in mind when I tell you this: For my eighteenth birthday, this young woman – who was also, I should mention, completely tone-deaf – forced me to sit in a plastic folding chair for as long as it took her to “sing” her way through three love songs by Elvis Presley. I hated Elvis at the time, and watching this girl attempt (and fail) to mumble her way through “Love Me Tender” was as close to torture as I’d been through. Worse still, I had to sit back and pretend that I enjoyed it… because as she’d told me, she’d worked really hard on it. I must have been a touch too convincing for my own good, because for Christmas that year – in addition to a second-hand imitation woodcarving – I was offered an encore performance.”- RamsesThePigeon

“I guess it would be baseball stuff. My dad is a good guy and he really tried. But he was always OBSESSED with getting me into sports, and I just couldn’t get into them at all. I did go toss the ball around with him, tried to play basketball, tried little league, but it just wasn’t my thing. And I made it pretty clear to him it wasn’t my thing. Anyway, it was always kind of a sore spot for us. He’d always try to get me into sports, and I’d always refuse. Pretty normal adolescent shit, I suppose. Anyway, one year he got me a glove, some baseballs, bat, helmet, all kinds of shit. And he KNEW I wasn’t into it at all. It was almost a passive aggressive gift, or at least that’s how it felt. I said thanks, but, yeah I was pretty disappointed as that was ALL he got me that year. I’m 30 now and whenever he visits or I visit, I try and make some time for that. Usually we’ll toss the ball around or watch a game, something like that. He’s not gonna be around forever, and although sports aren’t my thing, I try to just get over it and be a good son.” –CDC_

“A two foot tall ceramic penguin statue. At first it was like wtf, Aunt Shelly… but now it’s just still in my living room and it’s pretty badass. That was 4 years ago.” –vaginariantwinkle

“I once got an ex girlfriend of mine a pair of front row tickets to Tim McGraw, Luke Bryan, and The Band Perry put inside of the overalls of a country styled Build-A-Bear. In return she gave me a CD of songs that reminded her of me. Mostly consisted of Jonas Brothers and other shitty boy bands. Never listened to it….” –IAmTheWaIrus

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UPS Delivery Man Is Fired After Video Surfaces of His Anti-Latino Racist Rant

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UPS Delivery Man Is Fired After Video Surfaces of His Anti-Latino Racist Rant

Photo courtesy Forward Latino

An unnamed UPS delivery driver has been fired after being caught using racist language when delivering a package to a Latino household. The incident occurred on December 17th.

The video, which was caught on a doorbell camera’s security footage, shows a white UPS driver appearing to be angry when delivering a package.

“Now you don’t get f—–g nothing…You can’t read and write and speak the f—–g English language,” he says while writing a “failed to deliver” notice and pasting it on the house’s front door.

The Aviles family says that the footage shows that the UPS worker never even attempted to deliver the package in the first place. He never rang the doorbell or knocked on the door. Based on that, the family has come to the conclusion that the driver intentionally withheld the package from the family out of prejudice and spite

They believe that the only way the driver could’ve known that the family was Latino was by making assumptions based off the name on the package.

“The only information this driver had that could serve as a trigger for this deep-seated hate was the name on the package,” said Forward Latino President Darryl Morin at a press conference addressing the incident.

“So what we have here is a very intentional act to ruin Christmas for somebody, for someone to spew this hateful rhetoric, and quite honestly to deceive their employer,” Morin continued.

Per UPS, the employee has now been fired. “There is no place in any community for racism, bigotry or hate. This is very serious and we promptly took action, terminating the driver’s employment. UPS is wholeheartedly committed to diversity, equity and inclusion,” UPS said in a statement. They also said they contacted the family to apologize.

But the Aviles family is still rattled that such bigoted people are out and about, letting their petty prejudices effect other people’s lives.

“The package was a Christmas gift that we eventually received after Christmas Day, but what if it happened to have time-sensitive content like an epipen or a book I needed to take a final,” said Shirley Aviles, the mother of the man who lives at the address, told NBC News. “I don’t get it. It’s just sad.”

Aviles seemed disturbed about what this incident says about human nature. “This is about the things people do when they think no one is watching them. That’s important because that’s when you see people’s true colors and that’s what’s scary,”

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Here Are Some Christmas Traditions From Around Latin America

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Here Are Some Christmas Traditions From Around Latin America

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Christmas is a special time of year. Families have their traditions to mark the festive year and some of those traditions are rooted in culture. Here are some of the ways various countries in Latin America celebrate Christmas.

El Pase Del Niño Viajero – Ecuador

El Pase del Niño Viajero is a pageant that happens in Ecuador that lasts weeks. The parade is meant to represent the journey of Mary and Joseph. The parade highlights the religious importance of Christmas in Ecuador and is most common in the Andean region of the country.

The biggest and most important parade is in Cuenca, a deeply religious city. Citizens near the city have all day to see the parade as it starts in the early morning and runs through the late afternoon. This gives people a lot of time to make it to the city to witness the parade.

La Gritería – Nicaragua

La Gritería comes after La Purisma. La Purisma is celebrated at the end of November and is meant to celebrate the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary. La Gritería is celebrated in early December and involves literal yelling. Someone would shout “Que causa tanta alegria?” (“What causes so much happiness?”) People respond “La Concepción de María.” (“Mary’s Conception.”)

Las Posadas – Mexico

Mexican posadas are the most recognizable. Posadas take place in Mexico from Dec. 16-24, though this year they are most likely to be virtual. The posada begins with a procession in the neighborhood filled with people singing and sometimes led by two people dressed as Mary and Joseph.

Another part is the posada party. Before guests can enter, there is a song exchange with the people outside playing Joseph looking for shelter. The hosts sing the side of the innkeeper saying there is no room. Eventually, the guests are welcomed into the home to celebrate Christmas.

Aguinaldos – Colombia

Aguinaldos are a series of games played by people in Colombia leading up to Christmas. There are certain games that are common among people in Colombia. One is pajita en boca, which requires holding a straw in your mouth the entire time of a social event. Another is dar y no recibir, which is about getting people to take something you are giving to score a point.

El Quema Del Diablo – Guatemala

El quema del diablo is celebrated in early December and is a way of letting go of the previous year. People burn piñatas and effigies of the devil to let go of all negative feelings and moments from the previous year. If there was every to try a new tradition, this would be the year. Burn an effigy and banish 2020 to the past, where it belongs.

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