Season’s Greetings – A Holiday or Christmas Prank
All you need to spread a little holiday cheer is heavy weight fishing line, a shoebox, shiny thick gift-wrap, bright red ribbon, and the cover of darkness. Here is how the joke unfolds. Neatly wrapped and bound, an empty gift will be placed on a stranger’s porch; a friend rings the doorbell and quickly runs to the waiting car or makes for a prearranged pickup location. The stranger opens the door and sees the shiny gift, that they believe, has been left for their family, perhaps by a neighbor or friend spreading goodwill. Not seeing the fishing strand tied to the ribbon, their eyes light up and their face glows with a delighted smile as they bend over to retrieve the friendly gesture. When the present is almost in hand, you yank the gift from their clutches and drive off, box trailing. Your victim will be dismayed and have a terrific holiday story they will treasure for years.
I conceived of this joke in high school and carried it out one snowy evening with a group of friends. The blowing and drifting snow helped to hide the fishing line. We hit several different neighborhoods and homes until the gift could no longer be taped together again. Having several prepackaged wrapped gifts would help greatly; as one gift box’s wrapping is destroyed you have a backup ready to take its place.