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Got something a little underwhelming this Christmas?

While the holiday season is traditionally a time to reflect on the joys and love we are privileged with, even the best of us might feel disappointed when we receive a set of blank Post-Its or a ShamWow. But some take it farther.

In a brilliant Twitter volley on Christmas Day, humor writer Jon Hendren (who goes by @fart) retweeted complaints by people who felt they deserved something a bit more under the Christmas tree. Here are some gems:

  • “Just cried for like 2 hrs straight cause I didn’t get a car. #stubborn”
  • “Am I the only one who didn’t get an iPad?”
  • “No iPhone. I hate my dad.”

But if you’re feeling particulary ungrateful yourself, you might consider the sad case of Thomas à Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury.

On this day, 841 years ago, Becket was blithely going about his archbishoply duties when he was set upon and stabbed in the back by assassins loyal to King Henry II. Hardly a Christmas fairytale. (In his defense, Henry said he was sorry after the fact.)

If all this harsh medievalness gets your interest piqued, head on over to the United Kingdom, where you can visit the York Minster (where Henry was coronated, irking Becket) or Becket’s own cathedral at Canterbury.

And if you’re still fuming about your own lame Christmas present, share it in the comments below. We’ll republish the funniest and most pitiable responses in a future post.