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It should go without saying that Christmas shouldn’t be all gifts, but when the gifts include mosquito nets and real skulls, they can be hard to ignore.
I’m sure we all have opened a gift at some point in our lives with a long-forgotten meaning or a seemingly useless purpose, and it is in those moments that it is important to remember that the thought counts.
For example, Katherine was reminded of this phrase on Christmas when she was 24 and discovered a large, round object under the Christmas tree.
As so many of us tend to, Katherine started guessing what her gift might be, and its shape made her believe that someone had bought her a mini trampoline.
The reality was sadly much less exciting and useful to Katherine when she tore off the packaging to reveal a plastic net tied to a round, white plastic hoop. Obviously it wasn’t a trampoline but a mosquito net.
The unusual gift had been given to Katherine by her uncle, although she had no plans to travel or could foresee any future use for a mosquito net. As it turned out, however, the uncle had intended the 24-year-old to hang the net on the ceiling of her bedroom in order to [her] Bed like a princess bed ‘.
Katherine told UNILAD it would have taken “a lot of imagination to get anywhere near a princess bed,” and even if the makeshift canopy had won over a younger version of itself, it wasn’t good enough to fool the adult execution .
She explained, “Unfortunately, I have never used it for any of the intended purposes. It went to the nearest charity shop, hopefully just what someone was looking for. ‘
While Katherine’s gift was supposed to be at least a bit whimsical and funny, Twitter users Jane and Brian were forced to remind themselves that when faced with downright morbid Christmas gifts from family members, it’s the thought that counts.
Jane’s gift came for Christmas when she was 15 years old; an age when you feel invincible with your whole life ahead of you. However, Jane was given a vivid reminder of her mortality when she opened a Make Your Own Will kit.
She remembered how her grandmother looked “quite proud” of the gift when she handed it in an envelope and said, smiling, “It’s just a small thing”.
Understandably, Jane assumed this to assume that her grandmother had given her some money. When she opened the envelope and read the title of her gift, it was no surprise that she and her other family members burst out laughing.
“Grandma tried to tell me that she thought I would like it and that it would be useful,” recalled Jane.
She continued, “I was not sick and I certainly had nothing of value to leave someone. I tried to be grateful and grateful for the gift, but it was really strange. “
Given that by the age of 15 she had very few possessions to inherit, Jane eventually donated the kit to a church where she believes an elderly man bought it.
Jane remembered the strange gift and said, “I don’t know where my grandma got it or if she was giving away a gift she had received earlier. However, it was fun and something my brothers and I addressed at times. ‘
In keeping with a subject apparently unknown to everyone but Jane and Brian’s families, Brian was given a real human skull for Christmas.
The owner of the said skull could probably have used a ‘Make Your Own Will’ kit to make sure his head didn’t end up under someone else’s Christmas tree, but unfortunately they couldn’t avoid becoming a gift when Brian’s mom got fed up with it he always guessed his Christmas presents correctly.
Speaking to UNILAD, Brian explained that his mother found the skull at a flea market where she bought it from a dentist. Needless to say, Brian was wrong to suspect that his Christmas present was a human skull and that his jaw “pretty much hit the floor” when he opened it.
Nevertheless, Brian took great pleasure in the present and continues to exhibit it in his library to this day. However, the same does not apply to the real boar’s head, which was given to the recipient Kellen a few years ago.
Kellen’s brother managed to find the stuffed head on a property sale – which begs the question: Why do so many people have heads to sell at cheap prices?
Whatever the answer, Kellen’s brother was obviously pleased with the find and packed it up so Kellen could open it on Christmas Day, the strange shape making him “initially confused”.
After Kellen realized he’d been given an animal head for Christmas, he said that “honestly, he couldn’t stop laughing.” Unlike Brian, however, Kellen “didn’t keep the head very long” and eventually “offered it to a professor who was more interested in hanging it on his wall.”
I have no doubt that dozens of people opened some equally weird and unusual Christmas gifts this year, but no matter how bizarre they may be, it is worth remembering that they usually come from a place of love.
From experience, however, Brian gave some advice to anyone who might question their gifts this year: “Don’t trust a gift that looks like horns!”
And of course always remember that the thought counts.