IN our experience, nothing divides kids like The Grinch – some prefer this grumpy green giant to Father Christmas while others find him absolutely terrifying.
Well to get his children over their fear of the festive character, one TikTok star decided he should confront it head-on.
The dad dressed up as The Grinch to scare his kidsCredit: TikTok
The little girl cowered behind her brotherCredit: TikTok
In a viral video that’s racked up almost 80 MILLION views, the dad dressed up as The Grinch and surprised his kids as they were playing in their living room.
Aware that someone was at the door, the clip opens with his son and daughter standing in front of the fireplace and looking expectantly at the door.
But the second The Grinch appears, both immediately start screaming at the top of their lungs and run away.
The kids watch in horror as the intruder helps himself to their Christmas stockings – and adorably, their dog runs to comfort them with its tail between its legs.
After the initial shock, the little boy does stop screaming and starts to put it together.
However, the same can’t be said for his little sister who cowers behind him the whole time and lets out some blood-curdling cries.
Moments later, The Grinch makes off with their presents and slams the door behind him – leaving the kids stunned.
Needless to say, the video sparked fierce debate in the comments – with some labelling the parents “cruel” and arguing that they’d gone too far.
“She didn’t even cry,” one replied. “She was screaming for her life.”
In response, the dad wrote: “We taught her if a stranger ever comes up to you, scream as loud as you can to get other people’s attention and run.”
Another added: “It’s the childhood trauma for me.”
“Don’t buy them presents,” a third said. “Your money is going on therapy.”
“She saw her life flash before her eyes,” a fourth wrote.
To show their 2.8m followers that the kids are fine, the dad dressed up as The Grinch again to take the kids to meet Santa at their local shopping centre.
The kids happily held The Grinch’s hand as they arrived and his daughter even sat on his lap without a fuss.
Hitting back at the criticism, the dad added: “I think they’re fine.”
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