Do you remember our Advent Activity List? Well there’s been a slight adjustment to Christmas Eve’s activity. We’ve added a Christmas Eve treasure hunt 🙂
I left the little scroll in there for the whole of December and there has been much speculation as to what Christmas Eve’s scroll is going to say.
From listening to the children, it was clear that the activity I’d picked for Christmas Eve was going to be a bit of a disappointment to them (the activity on the scroll is to have hot chocolate with marshmallows and squirty cream) as we always have hot chocolate on Christmas Eve.
They’re expecting something different and a little bit special because Christmas Eve is the most special day on the advent calendar.
With this in mind, Ant and I devised our own mini treasure hunt which ends with the children being able to open some presents bought especially for them for Christmas Eve using an idea taken from the very lovely Chris over at Thinly Spread…thanks for sharing Chris, the kids are going to love it!
Chris calls it the snuggle sack but we’ve not really not got a name for it as we’re going to put each child’s gifts in the bags they leave out for Santa and the treasure hunt will eventually lead them to the bags.
It’ll be a surprise to find gifts already in there!
When they go to bed on the 23rd, I’m going to swap the scroll for a Forever Friends tag on which I’ve written the first clue.
Grandad bought them each a new pair of pyjamas and we’ve bought them a red Christmas fleece blanket, a matching hot water bottle with red Christmas cover, a Santa mug for their hot chocolate and a magic key to hang on the door for Santa.
Here are our clues for the first part of the treasure hunt:
Time to stop snoring
It’s Christmas Eve
and if you believe
Santa’s coming tonight
Go look under the lights
Well you did well
and so I’ll tell
the next clue will be
not under the tree
but near the love nest
so go, be my guest!
Clue number three
is not so ea-sy
It’s under a box
in a room with a clock
Near you know who’s
smelly old shoes
Now I’m sorry to say
it’s going to be a long day
Mummy & Daddy are really sorry
we know you did this in rather a hurry
But you’ll have to wait
’til after 8
Then after 8pm, I’ll give each of them a Christmas card and on one of the envelopes I’m going to attach the last clue:
Now’s the time to grab a mince pie,
we need to feed that special guy.
Pour him a drink; I think Baileys is best!
Once that’s done, it’s time to rest….
Don’t you think bedtime is the best?!
But wait, something’s amiss
is it a goodnight kiss?
No that’s not it,
but let’s not quit…
Let’s think, what can it be?
Something to make you all happy?
You’ve left the snacks
so grab the sacks.
(ok, I know you have bags but that didn’t rhyme!)
You’ll find a surprise
waiting there inside!
I’m so excited, I can’t wait to see their faces 🙂