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Pothead gets a very different kind of green from well-meaning Secret Santa

‘Trees’ means something different on Reddit.


Jay Hathaway

Internet Culture

For years, Reddit has run the internet’s largest Secret Santa gift exchange, pairing up total strangers who send gifts based on a short note about their match’s interests. But sometimes, that little bit of information just isn’t enough.

This year, for example, one Secret Santa read that his match really enjoyed Reddit’s r/trees forum. If you’ve been on Reddit for any length of time, you know r/trees isn’t literally about trees. It’s about weed. (You’ll find trees, for real, at r/sfwtrees.)

But this Secret Santa either didn’t know that or wanted to make a great joke. He carefully noted his match’s preferences and sent along this thoughtful gift: 

Well, that’s not a bong! That’s a living plant you’ve got to take care of. Very different sort of tree, that. “Maybe I should have just written ‘I like weed,’” many of us would be thinking at this point. 

But not our very good-natured gift recipient, who was extremely chill about the whole thing. Here’s their response: 

Regardless of whether or not this is a joke or if they really do have a strong passion for gardening, I love the randomness of my new bonsai tree and will try to keep it alive. Thanks for a memorable first experience Secret Santa!

Merry Christmas and a long and happy future to a tree-loving redditor and their bonsai.

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