Come back if you get any ideas Elizabeth and Vicky, thanks! And Vicky, I always have so much fun ... I love being "Aunt Kit", they're my surrogate kids.
I love that idea Echo! That's a great challenge for them ... good one!!! OK, I really like that ... one hiding spot idea ready to go ... probably a poetic clue to get them there, then 4 envelopes tucked in the pages taking them to the next clue ... GREAT! Now ... I need about 7 more, LOL.
This is so much fun for the whole family ... if you've never done something like this, I highly recommend it. Even if it's to help them eventually find their "best" or "biggest" present. I love making them work for it, and they have so much fun. My oldest nephew even turned the tables, and made his mom and step-dad go searching for their present last year!
It used to be that everyone would rip open the presents so fast, Christmas felt like it was over in minutes. It drove me crazy, I'd never see what they each got.
Ooooohhhh, new idea "that" just inspired. Yay! At one of the clue stops, I think I'll have them each in turn, recite 5 presents they just got, and say who they received them from, no easy task if they flew through it ... hehehe!
Depending on the "clue" they've come to, I usually have 4 separate envelopes or papers unique to each of them, at each clue, I have $1, $2 or $5 wrapped up or stuck to something when they reach the next clue.
I go to the Dollar Store and pick out things like 4 decks of little miniature playing cards, 4 simple 3D puzzles, 4 little car-type puzzle games, treats, stocking stuffer type stuff etc. and wrap them all up individually, sometimes as part of the clue as well, so each child has something special for themselves to open and to read at each spot ... and the other's are so anxious, they all help each other out. I learned pretty quickly after the first year that I had to make sure I made it specific, or someone always felt left out. Now my poems or clues assign someone each a task, each a verse to read or something special to do at each clue. If it's something big, then I mix it around so they each get a turn, but my notes say who it will be so they're not fighting. Works MUCH better that way!
I've even written poems that have them give Grama or Grampa a hug, sit in their lap and sing Jingle Bells or We Wish You a Merry Christmas with them, and things like that. I try to get everyone involved. They groan at the singing clues, but they always do it with a smile (and I always make them hug somebody, yell out "I love xxx" or put their arms around each other as they sing, LOL ... drives them nuts!
OK ... this is working, I'm getting in the spirit now! Thanks everyone!
[This message has been edited by Kit McCallum (edited 12-07-2000).]