Here is one layout I did with stories from the Remember when…? series.
I was hoping to make one layout for each of those stories but didn’t find the time.
The text is small on this preview so here is what it says:
When I was a kid, on Christmas day, we would all gather at my grand-parents’ house.
All the aunts and uncles and cousins were there. Each year, one of my uncles would
be designated to play Santa.
The designated actor would go down to the basement, then would change into a nice
Santa suit, and while the kids were busy, he would proceed to leave the house
through the garage door to the sidewalk. That is when he started ringing a loud bell
and announce his arrival. All the kids would then rush to the window, then to the door
to greet the jolly Santa.
Since all my uncles had kids, there was always the odd chance that one cousin
would notice the absence of one adult. What would we say to the child to explain
that missing dad or uncle? Grandma was clever as she had thought of locking
the bathroom door so the answer was always “Oh, he went to the bathroom”.
That was usually sufficient for the child to get back to business with Santa.
And of course, since it was locked, nobody would use that bathroom accidentally
and blow Santa’s cover.
After Santa had delivered his one present per child, he would just leave, waving
to the kids who were just anxious to start playing with their new toy, forgetting
about the missing adult and the locked bathroom. That made it easy for Santa
to come back through the garage door, change, come back where all the kids
were and get the bathroom door unlocked.
I don’t remember any kid questioning this scenario. And as I grew older,
I learned the secret but I kept it for the younger crowd!
As a side note, if you want to read the series of Remember when…?, you can do so HERE.