What Christmas Was Like As A Kid Versus What It’s Like Now

The countdown to Christmas has officially begun. Hopefully you’re prepared for the holidays and you can take the time to enjoy watching ABC Family’s 25 Days of Christmas, going shopping, trimming the tree, wishing for snow, and of course studying for finals. Uh, I mean something better, like drinking hot chocolate with candy canes by a festive fireplace. It’s the most wonderful time of the year, after all!

While Christmas is still an exciting holiday, it’s not exactly the same now as it was when you were a kid. You no longer wait up for Santa Claus to come down your chimney (or maybe you still believe in Santa, I don’t know). You don’t expect to see Rudolph flying over your house. You’re not hoping to open all the newest toys on Christmas morning. You leave cookies out for Santa, but you know your parents are just going to eat them.

Your expectations have changed, and things aren’t as magical as they once were, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t fun in a different way! Here’s what Christmas was like as a kid versus what it’s like now.

 

1. Making your wish list

As a kid:

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You wanted toys, and you wanted all of them. Furbies, Barbies, Legos, video games, movies, stuffed animals, whatever the “it toy” of the season was – the list was endless.

As a teen:

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You want straight cash. No one can buy you want you want better than yourself. You will also accept gift cards to your favorite stores.

 

2. Listening to Christmas music

As a kid:

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All I Want for Christmas is You, Jingle Bells, Santa Got Run Over by a Reindeer – you loved them all. You probably started playing Christmas music the moment Thanksgiving was over. You made your parents videotape you performing Rocking Around the Christmas Tree.

As a teen:

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Make it stop!!! Doesn’t anyone realize how traumatizing it must have been for a child to see his mommy kissing Santa Claus?

 

3. Decorating the tree

As a kid:

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You hung every ornament with care. No one was allowed to put the star on top except you. All of your favorite ornaments were displayed front and center.

As a teen:

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Sure, you want the tree to look pretty, but can’t your parents and siblings decorate it this year? Your best friend wants to hang out, your crush is texting you, and you’d rather be on Facebook. You’ll Instagram a picture of the tree later and act like you helped.

 

4. Going to visit Santa

As a kid:

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It didn’t matter how long the line was, you’d wait. You had your Christmas list ready to tell him what you wanted when it was your turn to sit on his lap.

As a teen:

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You’ll stay at home.

 

5. Staying up on Christmas Eve

As a kid:

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You left out milk and cookies. You stood at your bedroom window as long as you could, searching for the glow of Rudolph’s red nose. You lay in bed straining to hear hooves on the roof or Santa coming down the chimney. If you didn’t have a chimney, you asked your parents to leave the front door unlocked.

As a teen:

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You know there are no reindeer flying through the sky. Your parents will take care of the presents while you get some much needed rest. Zzzzzzz…

 

6. Making sure you’re on Santa’s nice list

As a kid:

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The month leading up to Christmas, you were an angel. You shared cupcakes with your friends, you shared toys with your siblings, you helped your parents around the house. You didn’t want to get put on the naughty list!

As a teen:

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Ha! There’s no such list. As long as you don’t fail out of school or get a speeding ticket, you’re pretty sure your stocking will still be free of coal.

 

7. Opening presents

As a kid:

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Yes, this was definitely the most exciting part of Christmas.

As a teen:

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You asked for money for a reason. This sweater is ugly, you’re way too old for this snow globe, no one listens to CDs any more, and who wants socks for Christmas???

 

8. Sitting at the kids table

As a kid:

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This is great! You’re with all your friends, you can eat as much as you want, and your mom isn’t here to scold you if you put your elbows on the table!

As a teen:

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Not cool. You are way too old for this.

 

9. Getting caught under the mistletoe

As a kid:

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Ew! Cooties!

As a teen:

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What better way to get a kiss from your crush than a well-placed mistletoe? They can’t refuse!

 

10. Watching Christmas movies

As a kid:

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You wish your family would accidentally leave you home alone so you could eat whatever you want and jump on the bed.

As a teen:

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This is still true.

What’s your favorite Christmas tradition? What did we forget to include? Tell us in the comments!

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  • Preidon

    Shit post

  • Sergio Abraham Pérez Cervantes

    The time when you have to say a speech before eating or start drinking. It’s a tradition in my family at least, as I kid I didn’t said anything but now I have to improvise and say beautiful things