Boxing Day

I won a fabulous outdoor chair recently and it was delivered in a giant cardboard box.  I love my chair, but I was also really tickled by how much my children loved the box!

Thirteen year-old Victoria claimed it right away, sneaking out to it with a book, a snack and some water before the other kids knew that it was in the yard.

Before long, she and her fantastic new home were discovered.  Luckily, there was a smaller (but still fun sized) box for smaller children.  Anna moved into that one with her own book and snacks, and then Jack moved in after she tired of it.

Then, Victoria’s quiet reading time in her hiding spot was foiled when four year-old Alex discovered her.

Luckily for Alex, she’s a good sister!

The kids hung out in their boxes for a good part of the afternoon!  There was something about a quiet, shady secret spot on a summer day that was apparently the perfect retreat.

Sadly, the younger kids loved the boxes to death by the end of the day and they’ve since been hauled to the recycling bins.

I think a trip to an appliance store for a refrigerator box might be in our future….  🙂




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8 responses to “Boxing Day

  1. Pam Haefner

    Very cute and have had my own similar experiences. Funny enough, upon first reading the post, I had to reread the end as my initial interpretation was that the kids got hauled off to the recycling bin:) Thanks for the giggles.

  2. Love it! I remember a refrigerator box that biodegraded around me before I agreed to let it go! Fun!

  3. One of my favorite books as a kid was about a girl and a refrigerator box that she imagined about 12 different ways before it dissolved into the grass.. I wish I could remember the name of the book!

  4. katherine marie

    ohhhh the joys of a simple BIG O BOX!!!!! I’m with you— the box would be more priceless than a new chair. 🙂 I once carried a frig box 10+ blocks because I had to have it for the kiddos! I must have looked pretty crazy walking through my neighborhood with a box that size on my head. 🙂 xoxoxoxo

  5. Ah, an afternoon with a box. Is there anything more magical? Love that you could sneak those pictures. 🙂

  6. How marvelously magic! I remember when a neighbour invited about 30 children to her home asking them to bring as many boxes as they could give up, any size as well as some duct tape. Together the kids made a box fort and they did their artwork inside and it was beautiful!

  7. Boxes are pure joy; I loved seeing the evolution through the photos.

    There’s a lovely book about the magic of boxes – “Christina Katerina and the Box”. It’s one of our favorites:

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