We have an unique Christmas tradition at our house. When the kids no longer believed in Santa and the thrill of the moment wasn't as intense as it once was we started this. On Christmas morning each child receives a small piece of paper with a poem/hint on it and they have to figure out the clue and follow it just to find another clue. After the third clue there is their gift.
Example: "Your gift is new, it isn't old, you will find it where things are cold" (they finally looked in the refrigerator and there is clue 2 .) "You are getting warmer, you're almost there, look around the Christmas bear" We have a bear collection so there is clue 3. Final clue is "It's not low, it's really up high, you'll find your gift where the wind goes by" We had placed their small package on the blade of the stopped ceiling fan.
They get really excited trying to follow the clues. We only do a couple of their gifts this way. The rest is under the tree with everyone elses. It brings a lot of laughs on Christmas morning and the pre-teens go nuts trying to find their gifts. Of course we make different clues for each child and each gift for each year. The hiding places are endless. What is really funny is when the wrong kids accidently finds the wrong gift and they have to stay quite and continue to hunt theirs.Happy Hunting!
By Connie A. from Tennessee