I just finished wrapping my gifts for Christmas – take two! One more round and it should all be done! Hurray! Only a few more deliveries to arrive and one more session and I’m done.
I LOVE the gifting at Christmas time; however, I LOATHE the wrapping. I know, seems harsh, but I just do. There is no joy for me in the cutting, trimming, taping, labeling that is wrapping presents. You know – the visual measuring of wrapping for each present, the taping (and sometimes supplementing if you mis-measured), and then what to do with little leftover slice of paper not quite big enough to wrap a present but too big to just throw away. Argh! Once it’s over, I’m thrilled!
I’ve simplified over the years. My mother was big into bows. She loved putting them on and made sure we meticulously saved each and every one each year. Initially, I was in the buy and toss category. I mean, seriously, a bag of twenty bows is like $2. But, really, I can’t believe bows add that much to all the gifts under the tree. They get popped off, and they get squished. So, finally, no bows.
I could always really simplify and go to gifting bags. We use them for birthdays or for friend gifts, but aesthetically, logistically and emotionally – I just can’t do it. Aesthetically, they aren’t really as attractive as a wrapped gift – I mean that tissue sticking out looks ok, but, well, it’s really just paper stuffed in bag. Logistically, they don’t work under the tree. You can’t stack them. Emotionally, they make gifting go too fast. One swish of the tissue and the gift is revealed. There’s something satisfying about tearing the wrapping off a gift that is a part of Christmas morn.
So, tell me – do you wrap? Do you bow? Do you bag? Can I hire you to be my wrapping fairy next year? lolThey do look so pretty under the tree. To me they symbolize anticipation. Anticipation of the joy in my family’s hearts as they receive their gifts. An extension of love to someone through fulfilling even their smallest wishes.