Why before breakfast?
Because it WAS the breakfast.
Yes, we always surprised them every year by wrapping up their Christmas or birthday breakfast.
What was in it?
It was a box of sugary cereal.
We didn't let our kids have sugary cereals on a day-to-day basis. They now, in their late twenties and thirties, swear that this was a form of deprivation.
I'll just say this in my own defence. The kids still have all their teeth. And they also have a memory of a childhood ritual no other child in Britain will have ...
The childhood ritual was this. On special occasions, we made an exception to the sugary cereal rule, wrapping up a box of Frosties, or Coco Pops, or Sugar Puffs, for their breakfast.
It looked like this. I'll find you a picture.
*Googles: 'Frosties wrapped in Christmas paper. Google says, 'But why would there be such pictures? Who would DO this to their children?' and yields nothing*
Okay, here's a packet of Frosties.
Please imagine that, wrapped in the paper below. I say this, not because this is the actual paper we used, but because I wish it had been available when the kids were young. It's junk food wrapping paper, and would have reminded them, in the true spirit of celebrations, of all the other things we never let them eat.
|'We know you asked for a new posh notebook and a pair of sparkly earrings, Mother, but we needed closure.'|