Are you like me and stress over what to get your kids for Christmas? The older they get, the bigger the challenge. Did I spend the same amount on each one? Will one think the other got more? Will they be equally happy with their gifts?
Then I started thinking "Why not get them all the same gift?" Of course, I couldn't find anything that they would all like so that killed that idea. Hmmm, "What about cash?" They can have fun shopping all the after Christmas sales. I liked the idea, but opening a card with money takes less than a minute, and it is not very exciting compared to opening all those beautifully wrapped packages under the tree.
I wanted to come up with a fun and creative way to present the cash. I decided they would have to work for it. Well not really work, but hunt for it - our first Christmas scavenger hunt. Since we are taking the girls on a week escape to some warm weather during their Christmas break, we had been telling them that we were not giving them presents on Christmas day so they were not expecting anything.
After we had our brunch, I handed each of the girls four satin cords with jingle bells to tie on their wrists and ankles. (With the girls wearing these, I could listen to know their approximate location in the house as I was going to take photos while my husband managed the video camera. We told them we had set up a scavenger hunt, and handed each girl their first clue.
2) We created five different clues for each person.
If you are in the same dilema of not knowing what to get, I highly recommend giving this scavenger hunt a try. You do not have to spend hours shopping and being stressed about making sure you spend equal amounts on each person. The best part of all was that it was a great enjoyable family activity, and we will have fond memories to look back on.
Now, the problem is I have to come up with an idea for next year as I love to surprise the girls. Have you had a similar experience? What does your family do? Does anyone have an idea they would like to share with us for next year? It is always the most fun to do something unexpected.