It Isn’t Christmas if Whitney isn’t Crying

Because it’s Christmas, I want to share with you a tradition we have had in my family for many years.  We always try to make my littlest sister cry on Christmas.  I know, we are so mean, right?  It’s not secret in my family that the youngest is my Mom’s favorite. She can deny it all she wants, but we all know the truth. The baby is the favorite, therefore, the most spoiled.  When I say spoiled, you have no idea. If she hit us when we were younger, we got put in time out. If she got a headache from looking at me cross eyed, it was my fault.  There are 9,000 photos of her, and like 10 of the rest of us combined.  If she wanted it, she got it. That might be the reason every Christmas my siblings and I made her cry.  Or it’s just fun.  I don’t know, but it has become a tradition.  Our usual strategy for the Christmas Cry involves her presents.

One year we took all her new presents and wrapped up old ones in their place.

One year we just hid them.

Another year we sent her on a wild goose chase scavenger hunt to find her presents.

As the saying goes in our family, “It just isn’t Christmas if Whitney isn’t crying.”

That being said, the year that the LOTR movies came out on DVD was exciting for her. She had memorized all the books. She had read and reread the books written about the books. She had the trivia game (which she plays by herself because none of us know the answers… like who composed the second song in the third movie(she knows the answer!)).  She had the blanket. The shirt. The books about the blankets and shirts.  All she wanted were the DVDs. That’s all. It was “the gift” she was waiting for all year.  Christmas morning rolled around, the family opened gift after gift til there were only a couple left. She was trying so hard not to say anything, but you could see the worry on her face as the gift pile dwindled.  Everyone knew what she was waiting for, and we finally felt it was time. With a huge smile, my brother handed her the last gift. She knew what it was. Her heart was pounding and she ripped into what she thought would be the LOTR DVD’s with the beautiful blue eyed Hobbit star… what she got was the old VHS set of the cartoon movies that we grew up on.

You could see the disappointment and heartbreak in her face, but she tried to pretend, “Oh! Thank you! … These are great!” as tears of disappointment started to well in her eyes.

Then we felt bad, so we handed her the REAL DVD set. She burst into tears of happiness and anger. We all laughed. She continued crying and yelling she hated us.

I thought of that story when I saw this deal on Amazon for the whole LOTR trilogy.  The new movie, “The Hobbit” is released tonight. I have a feeling my sister has already bought her ticket and will be at the midnight showing.  If you aren’t going tonight but plan on going next weekend, grab the trilogy, get it shipped with Prime for free and spend the weekend doing a marathon!

On Amazon:
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (Two-Disc Widescreen Theatrical Edition) -$3.99
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (Widescreen Theatrical Edition)$3.99
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (Two-Disc Widescreen Theatrical Edition) $3.99
If you scroll down, you can see where you can buy all three together for only $11.97!!!

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  1. Hilarious!! Thank you for sharing. : )

  2. Yep, hilarious. You guys are sOoooOOoooo funny. ;) I’m hoping that yall are going to be nice to me this year and not make me cry. By the way no one, still, will play LOTR trivia pursuit with me! Which isn’t fair cause I haven’t read the books in a couple of years and I have forgotten a lot of stuff. :)

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