A Christmas Tradition…the Scavenger Hunt!

I hope you all had a most joyous Christmas….

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A couple of years ago…instead of placing gifts under the tree for our granddaughter..

…..we decided to place them throughout the house…

……….for you see, Santa does that at Grandma and Pop’s house.

So “Santa Pop” makes clues on Christmas Eve…

…..so that “Miss Gray” can solve them and find the gifts that Santa brought.

“GRAYLYN’S STOCKING WAS HUNG IN AN ODD PLACE WITH MUCH CARE…

…..IN HOPES THAT SHE WOULD FIND IT JUST BY WANDERING THERE.

NOTE: NO NEED TO LOOK FOR THE STOCKING RIGHT NOW…

…..YOU WILL FIND IT LATER..TIED WITH A BOW.”

“THE FIRST GIFT WAS NESTLED UNDER A BED…

…..IN A ROOM WHERE OUR GUESTS LAY DOWN THEIR SWEET HEADS”

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“THE NEXT GIFT WAS CLEVERLY HIDDEN UNDER A CAP…

…..WHERE GRANDMA DOES LAUNDRY, INSTEAD OF TAKING A NAP”

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(Note: there was a red baseball hat that sat above the dryer…)

“WHEN OUT ON THE BACK LAWN LOOKING UP AT FLOWERS…

…..SANTA SAID “I WILL HIDE ONE UP HIGH BUT YOU DO NOT NEED A LADDER”

Hmmmm..she said…

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“Oh I think I know where it is!”

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“UP TO THE THIRD FLOOR SANTA FLEW LIKE A FLASH…

…..LOOKING TO FIND A SHUTTER AND A SASH…

INSTEAD HE DISCOVERED WINDOW SEATS THE COLOR OF SNOW…

…..AND SAID I WILL HIDE A PRETTY WRAPPED GIFT RIGHT HERE BELOW”

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“HE SPRANG TO HIS SLEIGH TO HIS TEAM GAVE A WHISTLE..

…..AND AWAY THEY ALL FLEW LIKE THE DOWN ON A THISTLE.

BUT I HEARD HIM EXCLAIM, ERE HE DROVE OUT OF SIGHT…

…..MERRY CHRISTMAS GRAYLYN AND ENJOY CHRISTMAS LIGHTS”…

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“NOW WE ARE ALL GETTING HUNGRY, SO LET’S OPEN GIFTS QUICK…

…..SO WE CAN CHOW DOWN ON CHRISTMAS DINNER BY GRANDMA ST. NICK”

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I hope that you all had a wonderful Christmas Day filled with much joy…

…..and memories to treasure forever and ever!!!

Comments

  1. You get such joy from sharing time with your granddaughter, and it looks like you have created a special wonderland for her. What a lucky girl and how she will cherish her memories.

  2. What happy littl girl and wonderfull photos.

    Cynthia

  3. How cute!! That is a great way to have her open her gifts. Our grands were just ripping them open and the were saying I want more, I want more!

  4. Linda Owens says:

    What a lucky little girl. Her own tree at Grandma’s house and a game that is just for her. She knows she is special at Grandma’s house…..and rightly so. From the looks of the baseball tree and collection you have a pro baseball player in the family or a devoted collector. It’s great that you are enjoying that precious granddaughter while she is young. Happy New Year to you and your family.

  5. What a great tradition Shirley! Beautiful family photos!

  6. Wonderful tradition…the hunt makes the gifts mean more….enjoy her while she is small!!!

  7. What a great idea! Do you do this every year? How fun!! ;)

  8. I’ve been drinking eggnog again this afternoon, so I’m wondering whose name shall I call you today? :-) What great fun for your granddaughter!!! Great tradition! That would be a lot of fun for little AND big people!!! Glad you guys had a blast!

  9. What fun! How nice is that! I am sure that she will remember all of these special things for many years to come.

  10. Don’t know what happened to my comment, so I’ll try again. Such a cute idea and I’m sure it was fun for the entire family but especially Graylyn and Pop.

  11. Oh Shirley, that is a wonderful tradition and she will have such wonderful memories!!! How lucky she is to have you both as her grandparents. We did have a wonderful Christmas. My sister and son left tonight. What are you doing for New Years eve? XO, Pinky

  12. What a great idea…………………Merry Christmas

  13. You are officially the world’s best grandma! And Graylyn is the world’s cutest granddaughter! My girls would love that boston terrier top too! So glad you had a wonderful Christmas – here’s to a fabulous 2013!
    Kelly

  14. What an wonderful tradition! What memories you are creating for her. So glad you had a wonderful Christmas. We did, as well, having both our daughters home with us. Happy New Year Shirley!

  15. You are such a fun grandma! I loved seeing the pictures of your family. Wishing you a very happy New Year!

  16. I love seeing your cutie pie granddaughter! Hope you had a great Christmas :)
    Stacy

  17. Shirley, you make the holidays so special for your granddaughter! Beautiful pics of your family! (And your decor looks so festive in the background!) Happy New Year :)
    Susan

  18. I had to go back and reread the post because I was so mesmorized by the beautiful, enchanting Christmas decor the first time! :) What a neat traditional for Miss Gray, who’s such a cutie! Beautiful family pictures! …blessings for the New Year!

  19. Shirley, I have friends that grew up doing a scavenger hunt at Christmas and now in their sixties they do it for their grown children and grandchildren. Your granddaughter is a cutie and I know she will always remember Christmas at Grandmas. Happy New Year xx, Sherry

  20. All I can say is… adorable!!!

  21. HI Shirley, I have been catching up with some of your Christmas posts that I missed. What a wonderful tradition you’ve started with your granddaughter. I love that photo of her by the tree with a smile as wide as the Mississippi River! Love her own personalized Christmas tree! Our granddaughters have been here for about a week and just left yesterday! HEAVEN! You will understand that! Happy New Year!

  22. Those are what make great memories – for you, just as much as your granddaughter. Looks like you had a beautiful Christmas in more ways than one. Happy New Year!

  23. Rattlebridge Farm says:

    Shirley, I enjoyed these pictures so much–you’ve created a grand tradition! I am swooning over your beautiful mantel–Oh!!!!!! Will look around some more for photos of Macadamia! Hope you and your husband are having a wonderful New Year’s Eve–and I wish you all the best for 2013! XXOO

  24. What a great idea. Looks like she had tons of fun!

  25. We used to do this,too! Need to do it again,since our little ones are reading now.:-)

  26. I am in awe of your house and decorating. Just Beautiful. I am hoping you have a blog post on how you store all your decorations!

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