Yeah, I’d run through the supply of anything fresh at the stores years earlier…discovered the Kinder Eggs when the oldest was about 8, and they got handfuls of them (each) every Christmas until they finished college.
The brief story of how I got started doing that is below, if you get really bored during the flight you can read it…
The Story of Ginchee Claus
Long story very short…when I was in college I was dating a guy who used to bring me little trinkets from a store in Alexandria called “Ginchees”. It was just tiny little novelty items like a bag of “Teddy Bear Seeds” or a chocolate tennis shoe.
Anyway I always got the biggest kick out of them, and when we all got together for Christmas, I would whip up a handful of them for each family member and use them to stuff stockings with. Each was individually wrapped, and after we all opened our main gifts to each other, they would all sit on the floor in the living room and keep opening packages until well into the afternoon.
Most of them were noise makers or balloons or puzzles or little nerf shooters, and it got kind of crazy in there.
That went on for years, the siblings got married and started having kids…and I became “Ginchee Claus” to the children. I still provided ginchees every year for all present, adult and children alike. Everyone played on the floor with them together.
Until the nieces and nephews got old enough to start dating and bringing home their significant others, and I was including all of them in the packaging and wrapping…we’re talking 20-30 items per person per year…for about 15 people. I was getting a little sloppy with the wrapping and it was taking up to a week…solid. So i switched to the Kinder eggs and threw them all into a bag for each person.
I miss that now, they have all grown up and moved apart…we can’t get everyone together any more.
But it’s a great memory still.