Thursday, December 25, 2008

Wrapping it up

Besides not doing Christmas "theme" decorating, the other thing I don't do is wrap gifts elegantly. I think beautifully wrapped gifts are, well, beautiful. I didn't get the gift-wrapping gene. I think my dad has it. He didn't pass it on to me. But when my brother and I were little, I still clearly remember a gift wrapped by him that looked like a little train engine, complete with wheels made from old ribbon spools.

At our house, all gifts have been opened already and I'm pretty sure no one is going to have a warm fuzzy memory of anything wrapped by me. The thing is, I don't actually wrap. I "bag." Put the gift in a bag, cover it with tissue paper and call it done. This year we didn't even buy cute little Christmas bags. We used what we had (bonus points if the tag was still on it from last year and had the correct recipient's name!) It's all about reducing, reusing and recycling, right?

Now Mark has some different ideas about wrapping gifts. I'm here to testify that sometimes opening a gift from him can be a real challenge. For a time it was pretty easy--he used maps or the Sunday comics. Then he graduated to the gift wrapping "big time." I have received a gift that was wrapped in a whole ball of string. Yep, a whole ball. Another time we had just pruned a tree and he took the time to cut a skinny branch carefully into 2" pieces. He cut a piece of wood a little bigger than the gift (which I can't even remember), nailed the little branch pieces all around the bottom piece of wood, stuck the gift inside, and nailed another piece of wood on top. Imagine the gift being held hostage in its little wooden jail--I had to use a crow bar to free it. Then there was the year of the duct tape. What guy wouldn't think THAT was a great wrapping idea? And last year my ipod was wrapped in wire mesh with a lot of wire "ribbon." We had to take time out to find the wire snippers.

Well, he couldn't let this year pass by without continuing the tradition. The gift he wrapped for Charlotte was in a big ball of bubble wrap. Lucky her--he is starting her wrapping adventure with little baby steps. But she and Levi both better be prepared...and have a big variety of gift-opening tools available.

3 comments:

  1. Gee, none of us around here is as creative as Mark in wrapping gifts. It's the usual store-bought wrapping paper, and occasionally a bag. I do love his ideas! But I don't know if I'd love trying to get the gifts open. I bet they're worth a lot of laughs, though! :-)

    Courtney loves UNwrapping, which she learned quickly when snowed in all last weekend with her mommy's family (whew! 18 people - 10 of 'em kids - in the house for the entire weekend!). In fact, she learned so well that she had "Boppa's" huge gift nearly all unwrapped last night before they got here (while Mommy was busy doing her hair). :-)

    I'm kind of a "Plain Jane" when it comes to decorating, too. ;-)

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  2. Haha Marks wrapping is enteraining! I chuckle to myself every time I think(or hear) about it!

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  3. The gift wrapping is fun, how neat he is creative like that. My boys would love to unwrap a huge ball of bubble wrap to get a gift!

    We will take a huge box, fill it with shredded paper or peanuts or something and hide a little gift inside so the kids can dig for it.

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