The rituals of Christmas morning on YouTube
Well, another Christmas has come and gone: The excitement, traditions, and rituals of Christmas morning which were private and unique to each family has now become a source of public entertainment thanks to YouTube, Facebook, online communities, and the countless other vehicles for information sharing and connecting on the Interwebs. We all remember popping up on Christmas morning as a kid (at an ungodly hour in retrospect) with a rapturous and feverish glee, forcing our parents to wake up, and then euphorically opening the presents which had contained all of our hopes and dreams at the time. The difference nowadays is that this crackhead-like (if I may use that phrase here) exhilaration and joy of children on Christmas morning is now a source for millions of views on YouTube. Unless you’re a modern day Rip Van Winkle, you’ve all seen this priceless reaction video of this kid opening his Christmas present to discover a Nintendo 64 or as he screamed “a Nintendo Sixty-Foooooour. OH MY GAWD.” Yeah, that video has over 15 million views on YouTube. Bookending the Nintendo 64 kid is this classic video where a new Nintendo Wii on Christmas morning is too much to handle for the lucky boy or in this instance, utter hilarity for the adults.
Like these two videos I mentioned, each Christmas brings the rest of us a few more videos that enters our collective consciousness. My favorite that I’ve seen so far is the one above shared by Redditor “mdoddr” who writes that his dad filmed his kids coming down the stairs every Christmas morning for 25 years. I actually found it a rather poignant and introspective reminder on the passage of time. However the Internet being the Internet, the crowds pointed out a couple things about the aforementioned video that made me “LOL.” Internets, this is why we can’t have nice things! Watch the video and afterwards you’ll understand why the comments on Reddit (“hey finally let the freak son out of the attic in 2007.” and “It was fun watching the dog become a man.”) had me laughing.
For those of you who hate the materialism and conspicuous consumerism of Christmas, you should probably avoid the Internet for a few weeks while the sub-cultural phenomenon of “unboxing” takes place as the Internet tubes become clogged with people over-sharing their Christmas presents. Yes, I’m STILL bitter that I’ve gone another year without getting my Red Ryder BB gun with a compass in the stock.