Tuesday, December 07, 2010

i'd guess second grade, at tops

Tonight, just as we were settling down to read our Christmas story before bedtime, the doorbell rang. The children jumped off the couch and ran to the front door as my husband opened it and caught size of a small gift on the front step.

The kids were so excited to receive our first Secret Santa Surprise, they were jumping around and trying to see whose name was on the gift. We went and sat on our couch, in front of the great big bay window that is currently curtain-less, as we turned the small gift over in our hands, looking for a name. Since we couldn't find one, we finally decided the gift was for everyone, as the kids ripped it open, shared the candy that fell out, and took turns playing with the toy, inside. A few minutes passed and the doorbell rang again.

The children sprung off the couch again and flung open the door.

On the front step was a small note.

We suspect that they either realized they forgot the note, or they saw us inside, wondering who the gift was for so they quickly crafted a gift tag. Either way, William was tickled the present was for him, so he stood in the doorway yelling, "Secret Santa you are so good at this! We didn't even see you! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! MERRY CHRISTMAS!!"

The whole thing is so adorable I just want to scream.

Charlie immediately began trying to figure out who our Secret Santa is. He looked at the note and said, "OK. Now how old do you think the child was that wrote this note? Let's start the circle large and narrow our population...


... Do you think they are in high school?"

Oh, the Man.

The Man, he makes me laugh.


  1. So great!! I hope they aren't in high school lol!

  2. How Darling! Delivered to your house? Our kids are exchanging, but at school. Very very cute!

    I know my kiddos would just be beside themselves with thrill!
    Mind you,Right at bedtime would result in a very late bedtime after all the excitement! lol!!!

  4. cute... Hope the neighborhood turns out to be as cool as the creek.

  5. cute... Hope the neighborhood turns out to be as cool as the creek.

  6. How fun I want to do this!! And so funny I would do the same thing. Although I would be out in the street searching for any sight of a car to start with. he he we never grow out of it. :)

  7. That is very adorable!

  8. But you didn't let the kids eat the candy because there could be razors in it and the toy first had to be examined to be sure there were no small pieces or lead paint. When you finally thoroughly examined the toy and put the candy through an x-ray machine to be sure you got the all clear, you let out a sigh of relief at the wonderful neighborhood you live in.

    haha...I couldn't resist...I am only teasing so please don't take that seriously. It sounds like you have a great neighborhood. The Secret Santa exchange will be tons of fun for your kids.

    Happy Holidays!

  9. How incredibly sweet and wonderful and so many other descriptives. What wonderful childhood memories to build.


  10. Oh, please, Jen. In YOUR new neighborhood? I would say that was likely the writing of a two year old. He probably just got done watching, Your Baby Can Read. Hee hee hee.

  11. How fun, what a great neighborhood idea.

  12. I have to say that as a senior in high school, it is (sadly) quite possible that the note is from someone above the age of 14.