When I was a kid (just a few years ago) I loved the holidays. Decorating. Tree trimming. Presents. Events. Happy hours. What was not to love?
Then I got older. No interest in another rendition of the nutcracker suite or fighting the crowds for anything. The parties are fewer (considerably fewer and not near as
crazy fun) and decorating is just plain work.
The thing I never enjoyed was the “wrapping of the gifts.” Never. Not even when I was young.
The paper, bows and ribbon were always stored away. They had to be found. That could take a while. The paper was “aged” so it looked like old Sanskrit and the tape was brittle and dried out.
When I was a kid I would wrap my presents on my bed. You had to be careful so you didn’t cut your bedspread or your pillow or wrap the cat. The package corners weren’t sharp. They never came out like the pictures.
You couldn’t do it someplace where people would walk in on you, especially when you were dancing around with THEIR gift on your head. (Oh? What? You didn’t do that? That was the fun part!)
Despite my design background, present wrapping wasn’t an outlet I enjoyed.
Then one day I heard Gabriel on the trumpet. (Yes I am sure it was Gabriel. He had wings and a halo just like an archangel. Herb Alpert doesn’t wear either.)
Someone magical created “gift bags.”
You popped a present inside. Stuffed the bag with
toilet tissue paper and slapped a card on it. Slam bang thank you ma’am! You could do it in less than 30 seconds, 45 if you wanted it to look “nice.”
If you were careful, you could casually reclaim the bag and use it the following year.
They came out with bags that had tags on them. Great. Don’t need tags anymore. (Just be sure to remove them if you are reusing them for someone else.)
Here is my suggestion list for Gabriel’s next inventions.
Something that makes the Christmas tree pop up at the right time and then go away. I know I have the beloved husband who does most of it but I was thinking something more mechanical.
Presents that buy themselves. Since I don’t buy a lot of gifts, you can put this at the bottom of your list. (Yes, Gabriel, I know all about Amazon!)
Most of all, a happy pill for people who no longer greet Christmas with the enthusiasm of their youth. (What’s that? That’s what eggnog is for? Do you know how hard it is to find good eggnog? What about those lactose intolerant friends? They need a happy pill too!)
Hope everyone’s holiday was fun and the mess in the house isn’t too bad.