Posted by: jsmcfadden | December 25, 2010

Christmas Surprises

It’s hard to come up with anything more wonderful on Christmas than the expression of pleased surprise on the face of someone you love!

Doesn’t seem to matter much what the item is. It could be a DVD, a cozy soft hat, a gravy ladle (more about that in the next post!). As I get older, it doesn’t seem to matter who the item is for or from, even. Instead, it’s the look of  joyful surprise that is so wonderful.

This year, we had a surprise for Em & Ter.  A big surprise. 

We made the fun (at least for us!) of the surprise last longer by giving them clues, sending them throughout the house on a search.

The first Santa was on the tree, and led them to the toaster, where Santa #2 was waiting.

Then they trekked back to the bathroom mirror for Santa #3.

It was harder than we thought it would be to come up with rhymes that made any sense at all! We gave up on being clever pretty early on. I think we are simply getting denser and denser as the years go by.

There was just one more clue after that one, and they found it quickly in our room.

Reading the clues wasn’t as fun as hearing their giggles when they found one or figured out where the next clue was.

This last clue they figured out quickly, and they were quick down the hall, too.

They headed back to the living room, where John had oh-so-silently slid the big box out from behind the loveseat so they could see a corner of the wrapping paper.

Now THAT was fun!

I sure wish I could give you a little clip — 20 seconds would be plenty to give you the sense of the moment — of Ter’s giggle and Em’s gasps!! It was wonderful!

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