Every year for the past five or six years, we have found a mysterious brown parcel on the doorstep or in the mailbox. It has been mailed from Calgary, from northern Alberta, from various locations in the US, and sometimes just hand-delivered. Inside is an ornament, rather large, always bird-themed, beginning with a partridge in a pear tree the first year and progressively working through the Twelve Days of Christmas song. A hostage-type note is the only accompaniment, citing the particular lyrics that fit the ornament.
The first year we didn't know quite what to make of it, of course. When we received two calling birds the second year we were even more puzzled. We quizzed everybody we could think of. Everyone disavowed any knowledge, of course.
This year, however, I suspect the puzzle may be unravelling. Last week, a courier tried to deliver a C.O.D. parcel which we had not ordered. It was addressed to us by our names, albeit mispelled, and originated at a company called Hobby Craft Kits in Cuba. We were all WTF and refused it.
A few days later, courier dude came back and said that they had contacted the company who had assured them that we would accept it. We still hadn't ordered it and it was still C.O.D., so again we refused it.
And then I realized we hadn't seen the mysterious Twelve Days of Christmas parcel yet.
If the Cuban parcel comes back to the house yet again, I am tempted to pay the ten bucks just to see if if there are six geese a-laying inside. And to try to cypher out where the order originated.
What would you do?