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Every parent who celebrates Christmas has struggled at one time or another with what presents to get their kids. Video games? They might like that. Action figures? Could be good. A doll house? Maybe. Books? Not for this kid.

This little three-year-old tyke has got a pretty good pile of presents judging by the sight of the Nintendo Wii under the tree. But when he tears open the wrapping paper of one gift to discover books -books!- he goes ballistic.

"Books? Books for Christmas? What the heck is that?" he says. "That's not toys, that's books!"

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He's got a point. Books aren't toys. But are they really so bad that getting some for Christmas can trigger a foot-stomping fit? Apparently so.

His parents don't seem to mind, judging by the sound of their laughter.

While it's tempting to judge this kid as an ungrateful little brat, we'd rather hear your stories of receiving disappointing presents over the holidays. Please, share.

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Dave McGinn writes about fitness trends for the Life section and also reports for Globe Arts. Prior to joining the Globe, he was a freelance journalist, covering topics from trying to eat Michael Phelps' diet to why the Joker is the best villain in comics history. He's working on improving his 10k time. More

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