Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Twas The Scavenger Hunt before the gift....

So for Christmas my family and I all went in together on one larger/more expensive gift for my sister Denise and Brother in Law Neal. I felt kind of bad that they would only have one gift to share to open on Christmas day when the rest of us would have several. So I volunteered to create a scavenger hunt of clues so that before they got and opened their gift there would be some fun. That way there was a little more focus on the love we have for them and not just on it being a solo gift. I ended up doing the clues in the form of a poem....

Twas the morning of Christmas, all through the house
Presents are scattered, and hiding about
The gifts they are hiding, some here and some there
And clues they are carrying, find them anywhere
The first is hiding snug in a bed,
Where 4-legs are found while Slenskers rest their heads

Denise in her ‘kerchief, Neal in his cap
Kristie had just settled down for a long winter’s nap
When out on the lawn there arose a meal platter
Where this clue is hiding you won’t need a ladder

Thru the dog window Koda flew like a flash
Looks out the front shutters at Frosty’s sash
Moon on the breast of frosty’s wife made of snow
Gave luster of hidden objects below

When, what to your wandering eyes should appear
Near a miniature sleigh, and tiny reindeer,
A little old driver, so lively and quick
Your next clue is hiding near Ol Saint Nick

More rapid than eagles, This clue’s not the same
For where it’s hiding represents your name
Now Dasher, now Dancer! Now Prancer, and Vixen
On Comet, on Cupid, on Donder and Blitzen
Near the top of the stairs, not the top of the wall
Now Dash away, dash away, dash away all

As Nerf bullets before the wild hurricane fly
When they meet with an obstacle, they shoot for the sky
So up to the stair-top the nephews they flew
With a room full of couches and Nintendo Wii too

And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my head, and was turning around
Down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound

He dresses all classy, from his head to his foot
His clothes are a polo, and pants rarely have soot
A backpack of electronics, he flings on his back
He’s clearly a nerd, as seen if you open his pack.

Her eyes how they twinkled, His dimples how merry
Her cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry
Honeymoon photos with mouths drawn up like bows
The water was clear, no sign of white snow

You won’t really crack any nuts in his teeth
A ring it encircles his feet like a wreath
He has a moustache, and wears a belt around his belly
I don’t know what to say for bowl full of jelly

We’re all chubby and plump, like a jolly old elf
I laughed when I read about visitors on your “love” shelf
Windex in hand and a twist of his head
Neal took care of the problem, Denise had nothing to dread

Neal spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
Denise took a shower, then turned with a jerk.
Around the corner Koda poked his nose
After Denise says no, away he goes

You don’t have a sleigh, there’s a horn not a whistle
Away you shall fly like the down of a thistle
But ill hear you exclaim, if you drive out of sight
Happy Christmas to all, hope it’s not a cold night!

In case you're wondering here is where the gifts/clues were hidden:
1) wrapped under the tree
2) Koda's bed (their dog)
3)BBQ in the backyard
4)Snowwoman on the front porch
5)A Santa in sleigh decor they had by their staircase
6)On their landing upstairs they have a decor "S" in the hallway 
7)In the loft with the dvds/wii games
9)Neal's Closet (but they checked his backpack first hehe)
10) In their "relax" room where they have honeymoon photos
11)On their Nutcracker statue
12) They have a shelf in the living room where they write notes to each other
13)Master bathroom in the shower
14) the gift was wrapped and left in the bed of their truck in the garage

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