I’ve been doing most of my Christmas shopping online this year, which means there have been your standard, non-descript shipping boxes coming through here with secret toys inside. My dilemma is how to hide those boxes since I have nowhere else to store them. Luckily, I have an open area above my kitchen cabinets that is just enough space to house a big brown box.
A really big box.
The great thing is that the kids can’t get to it. They can see it, however. And it was the first thing Jedi noticed.
“What’s that box for?”, he asked.
“Um, it’s just stuff. Nothing important”, I replied.
“Is it clothes?”, he continued.
“Kitchen stuff?”, he still wouldn’t let it go.
Realizing that this would probably result in a game of a thousand questions, I gave in. “Sure, fine, it’s kitchen stuff.”
But that wasn’t good enough. “Is it a box of knives?”
“Yes, Jedi. It’s a giant box of knives. Sharp knives. Dangling precariously above our heads. So you should probably stay away from here, huh?” With that, he slowly backed up out of the kitchen. There’s hasn’t been a word said about it since. And that is one way to make sure your kids don’t find their Christmas presents.