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All wrapped up?Posted Tuesday, December 20, 2011, at 4:56 PM
Christmas is coming! Christmas is coming!
And it's so much fun getting ready!
I love the decorations, the shopping, the glowing faces when they open just the right gift. I even love the way people graciously smile and say "thank you" when they're really thinking, "What was she thinking?" or "Is someone regifting?"
(Actually, I admit I have regifted. We got four toasters when we got married. What else was I to do?)
Being from a Christian background, I also look forward to live nativity scenes, the story of Joseph and Mary and Baby Jesus. And there's the joy of people everywhere who make a special effort to show kindness to others, to remember family and friends; to take time for sharing and caring.
The decorating is fun, and so is wrapping the presents. But therein lies the challenge. Everyone always knows when the presents are from me without looking at the tag. The paper is never positioned straight, and it's been cut either too large or just a tiny bit too small for the gift it envelops. (When it's too small, I usually cover the offending open strip with ribbon, but I'm pretty sure this doesn't fool anyone.)
I don't know how many times I've heard people pick up my gifts and say "Looks like a man wrapped it." That's silly. I know men who can wrap perfectly awesome-looking gifts. The notion that women are somehow more genetically prepared to wrap gifts is a myth. At least that's what I've heard. It could just be that I am a genetic anomaly.
Anyhow, this year, the shopping and the crafting are done, but I've yet to wrap a single item. Maybe this whole wrapping thing is overrated. Maybe watching them wrestle with the shipping box like my friend suggested would be just as much fun as watching them open a traditionally wrapped gift. Maybe they wouldn't mind getting their gifts in a plastic grocery bag. What do you think?
I think my time's better spent makin' cookies, don't you?
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