Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Preparing for Christmas....Again

Since all of our Christmas celebrations were canceled last weekend because of the monster snow storm we are going to try again. Will see my mother and extended family on New Years day then will have the girls and their families here over the weekend. We will have to wait until after the first of the year for a get together with John's sister and her family.

We are going to do something fun with the gifts for the grandkids this year. I purchased a few small things for the kids and they will have to find things around the house to get a gift. We have made up the questions and the items they will have to look for and will have them work in teams, rotating the kids to be in different teams each time so the 4 yr. old won't be left out.

To find the larger gift we have for them we have written a series of clues to take them all over the house to find their gifts. The hardest part for us was making each clue a rhyme. The clues will take them to all parts of the house, upstairs and down.

Here are a few of my favorites; for the 4 yr. old...We use rugs in the bathrooms to dry our feet, your clue is under one so please be neat. (clue will be under one of the bathroom rugs) For the big brother...Find what Harry Potter is protecting, and you will find the first clue clue you are expecting. (clue is in Harry Potter video case) For one of the girls....For your next clue we have chosen, to hide it where the ice cream is frozen. (clue in one of the freezers) For the older girl...Look at the many beds so small, your clue will be close to one of them near the west wall. (clue will be near one of my doll beds)

When our girls were in grade school we used to do this and they had more fun following the clues to find their gift so we decided to try it with the grandkids. John and I can't wait as I think it will be so much fun for them too.

The only problem I foresee is getting the clues hidden without them seeing. We may have to have them go to one of the bedrooms where we are not hiding clues and sing Jingle Bells to mask the sound of us walking around hiding the clues.

Will let you know how it all turns out. Keep your fingers crossed we don't have any more snow, wind or any nasty weather of any sort.



SewCalGal said...

Have a very Merry Christmas!


Linda said...

We've been doing that for several years now and each year it gets harder and harder trying to think up new hiding places and clues to go along with them. Especially as the kids grow older the clues have to get harder.
It became such a favorite that I wasn't able to stop doing it.
I usually hide the clues before everyone gets here and we 'hunt' later in the day.
The last clue always ends with them all running to find their surprise I've stuck in their stocking while they were out of the room looking for the clues.
It's always such fun.
and Merry Christmas

Marsha said...

This should be lots of fun! For many, many years, we have been putting "clues" on the gift tags on our gifts. Our kids, and now grandkids, expect these clues. Some are pretty obvious, some are a bit obscure, and some clues generate lots of laughter as the family tries to figure out where our minds were at the time we wrote the clues! Have fun....


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