The Winter Ogre visits tonight!

Our ogre sock filled with toys that have lost their luster, alongside our regular Christmas stockings.

Our ogre sock filled with toys that have lost their luster, alongside our regular Christmas stockings.

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.


5 Responses to “The Winter Ogre visits tonight!”

  1. Sophelia says:

    That is a great idea :)

    December 1st, 2012 at 3:54 pm

  2. adrienne says:

    Utterly brilliant.

    December 2nd, 2012 at 8:51 pm

  3. bethlaf says:

    AMAZINGLY GOOD IDEA! we make the kids clean out every year , before Christmas, so Santa can see they have room to properly care for new toys…
    and the eldest know they get donated, but the CHRISTMAS OGRE! priceless!!

    December 3rd, 2012 at 12:22 pm

  4. Jason says:

    Oh my great idea. This is genius. I’m already in talks with The Wife about this and could we adobt the tradition this year.

    I know the legend of the Christmas Ogre will be half the fun for me. Well done.


    December 5th, 2012 at 11:47 am

  5. Dawn says:

    You should totally write a book about the Winter Ogre.

    December 29th, 2012 at 5:24 pm

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