It took Scott and Katie Reintgen’s precocious 3-year-old about 10 minutes to undo hours of hard work, sneaking downstairs and unwrapping every present under the Christmas tree at 3 a.m. .
The North Carolina-based couple told USA TODAY that they were woken up shortly after Christmas morning by their toddler loudly asking for a pair of scissors so he could open his brand new launcher. Spider-Man web.
They were confronted with a shocking scene when they came downstairs: wrapping paper strewn across the floor with presents in plain sight. They still had hours before their other two children woke up, expecting to see what Santa had brought them.
“At the same time, we couldn’t believe something like this could happen, but we could also totally believe that our middle child would be the one to do it,” said Scott Reintgen, bestselling fiction and fantasy author of New York Times.
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The culprit in the Reintgen household told his parents he unpacked everything because he “wanted it to be less confusing for everyone,” his father said., adding that the boy is a “total joker”.
“I think he was minding his own business and going from present to present performing the task of seeing what was inside,” Scott Reintgen said.
He often wakes up during the night and searches for his parents, needing to lie down to go back to sleep. Scott Reintgen said he was surprised by the toddler’s courage to walk down the stairs, with no one other than the family dog as witness, and go to town on the presents.
“It was like the Grinch,” Katie Reintgen said, laughing about the ordeal. She said they tried to create the magic of Christmas for their children and then realized after the 3 a.m. adventure, “Oh my God, this is part of the magic.”
It was mom to the rescue. After putting the child back to bed, Katie Reintgen rushed to repack everything as best she could with the torn pieces of paper she had picked up from the floor.
“Some gifts were half-wrapped and the backs were stuck to the wall,” she said.
The eldest was no wiser when it was time to open his presents, even when his younger brother kept telling him “I told you you were going to get this one” and “open this one.” this”. The little girl only cared about the candy cane that Santa brought her.
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Scott Reintgen said the couple talked with the 3-year-old about the feeling everyone gets on Christmas morning and how everyone should have the joy of opening their own presents.
Aside from the lack of sleep and the chaos of it all, the Reintgens said the family was still able to enjoy the vacation and they’ve enjoyed seeing the reactions on social media. Next year, Katie Reintgen said, gifts will be kept out of reach on Christmas Eve.
“We still had a lot of fun. It’s not like it ruined the day, it wasn’t even close,” Scott Reintgen said. “It was just a fun thing that we can talk about for a long time.”
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