Friday, November 30th, 2012
The Winter Ogre visits tonight!
Now is the time to place unwanted toys in an ogre sock near your front door. In early December, the Winter Ogre comes down from the mountains (or out of the sewers, subway, cave, etc.) to forage for supplies for the coming winter, breaking into homes to scavenge what he needs. The ogre, being not too bright, likes shiny objects, beepy things, and all manner of toys to entertain himself over the long winter nights.
The worst thing you can do is not prepare for the ogre. He could end up looking through every room and taking your most precious toys. If you fill a giant ogre sock with toys and leave it hanging near the front door, he will recognize it as a gift (because why else would the Small-Foots hang a big sock in their dwelling?). He will take the sock, containing your least favorite, old, boring toys — and leave the rest of your home untouched. You will know of the Winter Ogre’s visit when the sock disappears. Yes, he keeps the sock, because ogre feet get cold, too.
And if the shelves of a local nonprofit thrift store have a few more toys next week, all the better.