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This Boy's Parents Gave Him Mustard for Christmas to See What Would Happen

"We decided to give our kids a terrible Christmas present to see how they would react or if they would be grateful," the parents said.

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YouTube users Moon and Beyond decided to give their kids a couple of weird, early Christmas gifts the other day, then uploaded a video of their shenanigans showcasing the fairly predictable result.

"We decided to give our kids a terrible Christmas present to see how they would react or if they would be grateful," they wrote. "I guess their reactions could have been worse!"

First up: Son Bubba, an adorable gap-toothed little boy who rocked a huge smile as he excitedly dug into his giftbag and then began to peel the layers of tissue away to reveal a huge bottle of...yellow mustard.

"What is this, " he asked, laughing nervously and glancing over to see what kind of swag his little sister had scored. While his sis—whose name is actually Sissy—takes her sweet time unwrapping her gift, Bubba throws the offensive yellow bottle on the floor, then peers hopefully back into his giftbag, as if willing something else to appear.

Gotta admit: I actually felt kind of bad for the little guy!

Eventually, Sissy pulls out a wrench. So kudos to the parents for the gender-neutral gift selection, even though their daughter clearly has no idea what it is. When her dad asks her if she loves it, though, she sweetly replies "Yaaaa!" And when he then asks her what she's gonna do with the tool, she says: "Keep it," though in truth she seemed way more fascinated with the toilet paper the thing came wrapped in.

And then there's poor Bubba, who obviously got the raw end of the deal. "A lot of kids would be happy to get mustard," the dad tells his clearly disappointed son.

Would they, though? I HATED mustard as a child, not fully appreciating it's tangy, non-caloric twang until somewhere around my sophmore year of college.

"But I don't like mustard," Bubba said, echoing my exact thoughts while giving his sister's wrench the side-eye.

Look, I think I understand what the parents were tryng to do here, but c'mon...mustard? That's just cold. I mean, they didn't even spring for Grey Poupon! And Sissy is obviously still at the age where she was going to like anything her parents bought her, so it's not all that surprising that she excitedly marched off to go play with her new wrench upstairs, while Bubba sat sulking under the tree.

I feel you, Bubba! This whole video and susequent posting to social media feels kind of forced and mean to me, so I have to admit I laughed when I read the way one viewer responded in the comments on YouTube: "What are you going to do with that tool? Probably destroy you in your sleep."

Amen! Merry Christmas, everybody!

Hollee Actman Becker is a freelance writer, blogger, and a mom. Check out her website holleeactmanbecker.com for more, and follow her on Twitter at @holleewoodworld.