I’ve been planning a short December trip since October and finally told the kids last weekend. They love Survivor and watching the puzzles, so I made them crack a cipher code based on several different books. My DD8’s books were all travel or Disney based and my DD14 were just her favorite books.
Once they cracked the code and got all the letters, they had assemble the letters into a phrase. One was “Start the Countdown” and the other was “Merry Early Christmas”.
Then I gave them little gift bags with their magic bands inside and a note that told them the day we are leaving. Plus a folder with TPs printed out for review. (Both kids are planners - they take after me ha ha)
Joy and happy tears And a little miffed I told them so late.