Readers will know that since my BroInLaw retired he has taken on certain household jobs, namely the washerup-er-er, the potato masher and Teaboy. For the past few christmases these members of ‘Staff’ have received an annual gratuity [namely ferrero rocher and amaretti biscuits, posh I know].
First year these were from the “Lady of the House” [aka Big Sis], where each member received an individual package, the second year as austerity measures took place they had to share, the third year they each received a contract of employment which detailed deductions that would be made to their annual box for transgressions [yes we did break into the FR box and remove a couple of a few, lol]. Next came the new miniature tools in the FR boxes, the masher got a new masher, the washer got new sponge, detergent and rubber gloves and the tea boy some tea bags [the bag containing the treats were then found]. How to gift these things this year, think think think. She thunked and came up with a doozie!
The Staff received a letter from a Mr Santa Claus apologising that he had been unable to complete his list because of extra work [arrival of grandchild] and that he hoped to be able to complete his list next year. Then there was a second letter from the British Red Cross, stating they had received an anxious letter from Mr Claus urging their help, the Red Cross had scoured the internet [well eBay] and the shops [just the High Street] and trusted the staff would be pleased with their parcel contents. There was then a proper box, wrapped in brown paper and tied with the string – a pukka red cross parcel containing the ferrero rocher and amaretti biscuits.
Oh the googling we did to find a parcel we could copy! The photoshopping done to create an authentic label and the dry runs we did trying to knot the proper knots!
All good fun though – heck knows how we can do the next one, we are all out of ideas!