The Raisin Experiment

The Raisin Experiment

Carrie McBride
Dec 17, 2010
(Have you wrapped your raisins yet? We ran this post last year and wanted to remind you to get your raisins ready for another year of The Raisin Experiment!)

Are you finding it harder and harder to please your kids in your gift giving? Last year we came across a hilarious micro-experiment where a father gave his three-year-old a wrapped 21 cent box of raisins as a Christmas gift and recorded his son's reaction. Then he tried it the following year - what a difference a year makes!

The father, author of The Sneeze, recorded his son's "raisin reaction" at age three (hear it here) and rated his excitement at a 6 out of 10. Fast forward a year and dad again wraps up a box of raisins for his now four-year-old. You can hear the audio here, but here's the transcript: "What did I get? Okay...RAISINS?!? He gave me raisins! (Actual foot-stomps of misery.) (Handing box to my wife.) Put this back in your food!"

After that the raisins became a family joke and his son would jokingly repeat the now infamous lines above throughout the year. Of course Dad didn't stop so last year he wrapped up a 1.5 lb canister of raisins for his five-year old. The reaction?'ll have to find out here!

You can bet this family will keep up this perhaps odd, but very funny Christmas tradition for years to come! Last year when our son was 6-months old we made sure to wrap up a box of raisins for him. Predictably he was only interested in the wrapping paper, but we'll try again this year (a year when he's actually eaten and come to love raisins) and record his reaction for posterity.

What funny or odd family traditions does your family have?

(photo: Carrie McBride)

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