Mark Twain’s Elephant


This seems to me to be a fine Xmas joke easily duplicated today. Pick your victim!

Original article here.
     Posted By: Paul - Tue Dec 09, 2014
     Category: Animals | 1900s | Pranks

Every year there were presents under the tree for everyone from 'Santa'. Everyone got one and no one ever confessed but, then again, Grandma could keep her secrets.

One year, Grandpa got a box about the size of a small refrigerator and weighed about the same. Inside that was a smaller box, perfectly wrapped, (repeat about 6 times), until, finally, a small square box with a plastic hat and a gift certificate inside for a new hat from one of the local stores.

Another year my great-grandparents got a complete living room suit for a doll's house. Stuffed inside each piece was enough cash to go purchase the real thing of their choice.

Santa was a good old girl.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 12/09/14 at 09:51 AM
My parents did very much the same as your grandfather's nested box gift, Expat. Dad weighted a large box with a brick and the actual gift were packs of D-cell batteries to run the large electric toys we had opened earlier.
Posted by KDP on 12/09/14 at 10:34 AM
On St. Nicholas Day, good little girls get presents left in their shoes. One girl (over 60, but she's still my 'girl') who'd been particularly mischievous of late received a ring of keys. It took her nearly two weeks to find all the things they unlocked!
Posted by Phideaux on 12/10/14 at 10:46 PM

Rules for posting: 1) No spam. 2) Don't be a jerk.