Another Christmas has come and gone and that means that millions of children across the world rushed downstairs to tear open the presents that they’ve been dreaming all year about getting. Some didn’t get the presents that they wanted and even if they were disappointed, they still received a gift that money can’t buy: an important lesson about the trappings of hope. Take, for instance, the case of a Massachusetts boy who thought he was getting a PS4 for Christmas.
The 9-year-old son of Brian and Kristin Lundy was excited to find that Santa had brought him a PS4 for the holidays when he ripped open the paper and saw Sony’s iconic logo staring back at him. When he actually opened the box and tried to play his PS4 for the first time, that excitement turned into heartbreaking disappointment when he realized what he had really received for Christmas with a PS4-shaped block of wood with a drawing of a, well, let’s just call it a “male joystick.”
Mrs. Lundy posted a picture of a book of wood that they actually bought from Target (that’s right, spoiler alert! Santa didn’t buy it for him because he doesn’t exist) on her Facebook page that as of now “is no longer available,” according to the posting. She wrote that her son was “crying and he’s upset and he’s in the playroom by himself and he just wants to be alone.” She also said the incident as “ruined his belief in Santa.” If that doesn’t break your heart, you might want to check and see if you even have one in the first place.
Thankfully, Target stepped in to rectify the mistake by giving him a functional PS4 not made out of wood as well as a game and a $100 gift card that we hope doesn’t have a doodle of a penis on it.