What do you do when your hotel goes nuts?

My head was clearly not in the game after 29 days island hopping in Hawaii. So it took a moment to figure out why my kids looked so guilty after we checked into our room at the Holiday Inn Waikiki Beachcomber Resort.

At the check-in desk, the hotel staff greeted us with two boxes of chocolate-covered macadamia nuts, which were promptly claimed by the children. But when we arrived in our room, we found two more boxes of nuts.

Total boxes: 4.

But that wasn’t the end of it. Oh, no.

Not ten minutes later there was a knock on the door. A handsome clerk delivered two more boxes of macadamia nuts.

“Wow Mommy, we’ve got six boxes of chocolates!” our daughter Erysse gushed as the door clicked closed.

The kids went crazy. They were jumping on the beds and singing the “I love chocolate song” and running room to room. Yeah, they were pretty happy.

Let’s just say that was one of the most memorable welcomes we’ve ever had.

In the end, we confiscated the boxes and put them in a, um, safe place.

You could probably guess what happened to the extra boxes.(Hint: it’s the holidays.)

Have you ever had a similarly over-the-top gift experience at a hotel? And what did you do with the unexpected present?

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