We were in Cabela's and after spotting Santa and sitting on his lap for a photo (except not Lee because the whole world would have come to an end) the kids got pretty hyped up about Christmas presents. Except oddly not for themselves. Santa asked Charlotte what she wanted for Christmas and she said, "I don't know. Surprises I guess." I attribute this to not watching any commercials on TV for however long its been since we cancelled cable TV and only watch things on Amazon prime. At any rate they were excited to find presents for other people.
The tricky part about present shopping with the whole family is that everyone you are trying to buy for is standing right there. Charlotte found a whistle she thought Lee would enjoy. She wanted to keep the surprise (not realizing that his memory doesn't last that long) so she attempted to put it in her pocket. I told her that we can't do that until after we pay for it. Somehow Greg must not have heard that exchange. About twenty minutes later we were in the camping section looking at flashlights for Daddy. The kids agreed on a camping lantern to give to Daddy as a present. As I'm trying to figure out how to get this across the store without Dan noticing Greg excitedly comes up to me and stage whispers in my ear, "MOM! I have my present for Daddy in my pants!" Yes, that's right. He had taken a different flashlight off the shelf and shoved it down his pants. Merry Christmas and a happy new felon!
The keeping the surprise lasted through check out as well. I was paying for Dan's gift and I had hidden the gift Charlotte had picked out for Greg. I told Greg to go look at the magnets. He didn't want to, but whining about not wanting to distracted him enough that the checker lady quick took the present and put it behind the counter and then in the bag without him noticing. Charlotte also didn't notice the quick moves of the checker because about 10 seconds later I hear her say, "OK MOM! NOW!" I look over and she has Greg in a head lock with one arm and is covering his eyes with the other. Nothing says I love you like nearly wrestling your brother to the ground.