I know we are well into the new year, all of the holidays have passed, but I just had to share this with you.
If you are like me you spend hours deciding what to give for Christmas gifts, then more hours shopping for them and even more time wrapping them up all pretty. Then in 15 minutes flat it looks like a Christmas bomb went off around the Christmas tree and it’s over.
We try to extend Christmas morning just a little longer by creating a treasure hunt.
It begins with a small box hidden in the Christmas tree….
with a note inside that tells where the next hidden treasure can be found.
Each box is wrapped (atleast once 😆 ) and each box has a note inside with instructions. They may be found in the breadbox….
Or in the freezer…
The hidden treasure gifts have also been know to be found outside in a vehicle or elsewhere and even back to another box hidden in the Christmas tree. I like to keep them going back and forth from one end of the house to the other. Eventually to the treasure which is, of course, wrapped (atleast once 😆 ).
And more often than not there will be another wrapped box inside….
Until the “real” treasure is reached, which is wrapped (atleast once 😆 ).
The size of the box depends on the size of the “real” treasure and just how many boxes you can find that will fit into eachother. What kind of box doesn’t really matter, I used an shoe box, a Ritz Cracker box and a canning jar ring/lid box for the “real” treasure, but the note boxes are usually small boxes of some sort like ring boxes and such. I can tell you from experience that keeping track of notes and boxes and locations can be tricky. You don’t want to get them out of order.
My kids love this. My older one’s have already pulled this on their family members and my youngest has vowed to create this same scenario for his family.
From the beginning when we are writing notes and wrapping boxes to the end when I am tagging along with the “bunny” in hand it is a lot of fun for everyone. It creates those “lasting” memories that will be talked about for a lifetime and extends Christmas morning just a little longer.
I hope you try this next year and every year after! Let me know if you do, we would love to hear about your treasure hunt fun.