A couple woke up to their 3-year-old shouting for scissors. The sight that greeted them was no less than shocking.
The holiday season is truly the season of surprises. However, not all of them are pleasant. Katie and Scott Reintgen—who go on X (previously Twitter) by @Scott_Thought—woke up to a not-so-pleasant surprise on Christmas morning. Their three-year-old son woke up before them and managed to unwrap all the presents kept under the Christmas tree. Reintgen shared a photo of the wrapping paper strewn everywhere under the tree on the platform.
The caption of the post read, "Y'all. My 3-year-old came down at 3 am and unwrapped everyone's Christmas presents." Now, that is truly a stuff of nightmares for parents, especially for ones with multiple kids like Katie and Scott Reintgen, who have a 6-year-old, 3-year-old, and 1-year-old. The North Carolina couple shared with The Washington Post that their 6-year-old is an adamant rule follower and believes in Santa wholeheartedly. It would have been difficult for them to appease him.
The incident would be anything but funny at that moment. After all, the parents were left with the massive task of rewrapping the gifts, that too with ripped packing papers. But looking back, it couldn't have been more hilarious. Scott Reintgen shared a follow-up video on the X thread with his son's explanation. The son explained that he opened all the presents because he didn't want his family to get confused about what they'd received.
My son did the same at 4. Set up a train set he got under his bed. He didn’t think we would notice the sound if it was under his bed 😆. It’s a story we still tell decades later. It’s especially effective when family and friends are over.— Lorraine Carey (@LorraineCarey8) December 26, 2023
Many people reacted to the tweet by saying they would have been quite angry if they had been in a similar situation. But the Reintgen's are raising a truly free-spirited child. The NYT bestselling author of "A Door in the Dark" captioned the explanation video by saying, "Also have to add: We're not mad. He's a good kid, and it's a story we'll tell for the rest of our lives." Now, did the Grinch steal Christmas or did the North Carolina couple manage to save it? Katie immediately got to rewrapping the gifts. This was no mean feat as the packaging was ripped and they had no more packing paper, per the outlet. She managed to somehow rewrap all the presents by 6 am. In time for when their other kids woke up and saw their presents.
She reassembled the gifts and turned the torn portions towards the floor so no one would see them. Fortunately, their 6-year-old was convinced that everything was okay, apart from Santa getting a couple of names wrong. Scott expressed that his wife was the hero and had managed to prevent their 6-year-old's "villain origin story." Nonetheless, when he learned about what his brother had done, he was shocked.
Dear Parents of little Taz....I was the same way when I was little but I found out very quickly that you can never sleep on Christmas Eve! One of you must sacrifice sleep in order to guard the gifts. Next time one sleeps the other naps on the couch. Egg Nog anyone!!!!!— Scott Anthony (@SaAnthony94) December 26, 2023
The parents shared that their 3-year-old wouldn't do it from the next year, hopefully. They saved Christmas but could not get any sleep. Scott added, "We are sipping coffee and plotting to tell this story at his wedding." Several people on X commented on the thread, saying that they or their kid had done a similar thing many Christmases ago. It has over 6 million views at the moment. Scott concluded the thread by saying that he and his wife spent most of the holiday looking after their sick child and were glad the post brought good cheer to so many people.
Yall. My three year old came down at 3am and unwrapped EVERYONE’S presents. pic.twitter.com/8dlfqdwHO7— Scott Reintgen (@Scott_Thought) December 25, 2023