Looking to Wrap Things Up

Here we are looking at the 3rd Sunday in Advent with only 12 days until Christmas and 18 days from the new year. Time seems to be rushing past me like the air past an open car window. I have tried to slow down and enjoy the season. That said, I still have gifts that I need to wrap. In years past I’ve wrapped using newspaper (all recycled and recyclable), tissue paper, gift bags, and the traditional printed gift wrap. This year I was toying with the idea of not wrapping anything at all. When I mentioned this to the family I was met with blank stares. After a long silent pause while my words sunk in, the consensus was that unwrapping the gifts is part of the fun. So I still have gifts that I need to wrap. I’m planning on wrapping a couple gifts in a devious and devilish manner that may stymie the recipient and require additional tools to open. I considered doing the Saran wrap gift ball with various items trapped within the giant ball of plastic. Then I discarded the idea because that would be a huge waste of the cling wrap and I’m too frugal for that. I have several gifts that must be shipped but I’m not too concerned as they will get to where they are going when they get there.

The end of the year also heralds a multitude of holiday parties. So far I’ve attended a University Retirees Holiday Luncheon where we (Sparky was invited as my spouse) were gifted with certificates for groceries. I went to a lab Christmas luncheon at a ritzy restaurant (no plus ones allowed), a department party just this last Monday where I was included because I am working with one of the researchers. We have a Christmas dinner on the 19th and a choir party on the 22nd and the traditional Christmas Eve breakfast (on the 24th). Believe it or not this has been a real slow down from years past. At least there aren’t any work gift exchanges that I need to buy for!

Through boxes and boxes she sifts
And each name tag she carefully lifts
Peels back the paper
A before Christmas caper
To discover what’s inside her gifts

A little limerick (I really don’t like to write them but sometimes it is like breaking wind and they just oops out) for your anticipatory pleasure. My father was notoriously good at guessing what was inside his presents. I suspect it came from years of hefting boxes and peeking into gifts so that he had honed his skill to the point of clairvoyance! One year my sisters and I went to the mall to purchase a gift. We were so devious (or so we thought). We even had it wrapped at the store. He came to pick us up and when he placed the beautifully wrapped box into the trunk he turned and thanked us for the new bed comforter! We were so dumbfounded that he had guessed!

35 thoughts on “Looking to Wrap Things Up

    1. Hehe! Nope. We paid cash and that was back in 1974 – well before personal computers and smart phones! The parties keep me busy but now I’m scheduling lunches with friends and there are only so many days before Christmas!

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            1. Pavlova isn’t a thing here but it looks very tasty – lots of sugar even if it has fresh fruit! It sounds like something my father would have loved. He loved meringue pies and the Pavlova looks better than a lemon meringue pie!!

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  1. Along with many other elders I suspect, no parties here. At our house no gifts either. I need slacks but just have to brave Wal Mart and go look for some.

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    1. The decorations have been minimized. I didn’t wrap the banister or put garland around the mantle or over all the windows. The fake candles are still in the box instead of on window sills and there are zero lights on any of the shrubs outside… but gifts are fun so I still buy them!!

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    1. Yes! Gaudete Sunday is one of my favorites! It is one of the only times the Priest wears pink! (which amuses me for some reason) Anyway the choir will be singing with the hand bell choir from the school and we will have additional musicians (the French horns will be wonderful and really fill out the sound of the strings)!

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    1. I have it all wrapped now – at least everything that has been purchased! I still need to find some food goodies for my sons. One wants canned lychee and the other wants red bean mochi which means a special trip to the oriental market downtown…

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  2. this reads like a little Christmas story itself. a heart thankful but mindful. the thoughtfulness for others in the gifts. I like the tone of this so much.

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  3. We are house sitting at the grandchild’s house this weekend with 3 dogs and our pug. It feels interesting. I love to see how other people live. I do see lots of present and I get a new area to shop in for Christmas along with turning in my grades! Yay.

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    1. Turning the grades in must feel good – closure and a job accomplished! It is interesting to house sit but I’d be hesitant to care for 3 dogs!! That’s a lot of work! It is fun to see if the stores in a different area have a better/different selection…

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      1. No, and yes. I feel grade but I still have 3 online classes which finish next week and my charter school job ends next week for the holidays! There is a big back yard, so we are ok. And it is 4 dogs with the pug. I could go out shopping again but I am kind of tired right now. I just spend a good bit!I missed going to the Salvation Army here for my calendar.

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        1. All our Salvation Army stores closed. They were one of my favorite places. I don’t know if a fenced in yard would really make taking care of that many dogs easier… Hope the end of the semester grading goes well!

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    1. Absolutely though wrapping can be a little daunting when no one helps… Luckily Sparky is wrapping all the things he is purchasing. (I have a large supply of gift bags just for him!)

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