Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Wrapped Up II

Of all holiday prep activities, wrapping is by far my favorite. I love to wrap gifts. I LOVE it! If at all possible, I’m barely in the door from my shopping excursions before I’m hauling out the paper, tape and ribbon to bask in my wrapping heaven. If I ever get to a point where I don’t have to work to live, I’m going to get a job as a gift wrapper. I’m sure they don’t get paid squat but man I’d dig on that. I love to wrap nice geometric boxes, and I love the challenge of wrapping oddly shaped things. I love the look and feel of perfectly smoothed, creased and cornered paper and immaculately curled and bowed shiny ribbons (ideally, complimenting the paper in some subtle way so as to draw out a subordinate color or pattern) dressing up the packages. I recycle previous years’ well-lending Christmas cards by making them into gift tags – these too are carefully selected so as to reflect and compliment the wrapping and ribbon used. * Sigh * … I love it.

Before you try and pop my bubble, don’t bother. I know it just gets ripped off in 2 seconds and my subtle attention to detail probably isn’t even noticed, but I don’t care. I get a lot of joy out of the act of wrapping, and that’s enough for me to continue with my overly detailed approach.

Shopping is unofficially done at Clew’s house. The Hub bought the gifts for the nephews last night and that concludes it for the season. (We still need to pick up a gift for our good friends L&A but we won’t see them till after the new year, so the pressure’s off.) Now it’s time to just relax and wait for Christmas Day!

I don’t know how much I’ll be around between now and then, so just in case it’s later than sooner, I wanted to wish everyone a warm and joyous Christmas with your loved ones. May your hearts be overflowing with love and joy and blessings – even though these gifts are unwrappable, this is my wish for you all!

Now that the mushy sentiments have been expressed, I leave you with the following Christmas image. I know this is rude but I can’t help it – I laugh every time I look at it.



Merry Christmas!

10 comments:

Kodijack said...

After visiting for a little awhile this vocation of yours does not surprise me. And the cartoon is hilarious.

Mike said...

I like the cartoon as well! Ain't rude to me by the way. Since you like to pay so much attention to detail, I doubt you should get a job at Macy's anyway. You'd have 30 folks in line, which isn't a bad thing, as long as I'm not 29th :)

ProfessorGQ said...

I love that cartoon...someone sent me that in an email.

martie said...

Hey Clew, I did work as a gift-wrapper at a store one Christmas while attending the local Jr. College. I loved it too. I don't, however, love wrapping all the presents at once.....it makes my back go into muscle spasms. If only you lived closer....I could entertain Incrediboy and you could wrap to your hearts content! Oh well....I'll be thinking of you when I wrap though. A Merry and Joyous Christmas and New Year to you and yours. XOXOXO

naive-no-more said...

FYI ~ You can do pretty good setting up a station at your local mall to wrap gifts for donations. Only a few louses would actually have you wrap without making a monetary contribution.

My shopping is all done too, save for a few gifts I'm waiting on Fed Ex for. Just have to do my baking now. And make some more blankets. SIGH, I was feeling good. :)

Nelly said...

That was a great post Clew!!! I smiled all the way through it! I too enjoy wrapping, but I don't go crazy anymore with the ribbons and bows, only because most of our gifts get thrown in a bag and carted off to someone else's house and everything gets ruined. But if we didn't travel around, I would be right there with ya wrapping and decorating each one to the 9's!!! We are DONE shopping too and it feels great! I'll be in and out of blog world as well, so Merry Christmas to you too! {hugs}

Bainwen Gilrana said...

I never developed my wrapping skills overly much because back in the day there were always dogs, cats, and/or babies at home. Dogs and cats like to eat ribbons, apparently. And babies like to pull them off and gum on them.

Even these days, after having lived on my own for going on 5 years now, I still hang the breakable ornaments up high so the dog won't knock them off with his tail. What dog?

Lori said...

Isn't that just like a cat?! Ha!

I like to wrap too, clew! I think it has to do with the artist inside of us, always wanting to create beauty. And since they need to be wrapped anyway, why not do it up right?

I wish you and your family a very wonderful and joyous Christmas! I know that it will be special because of yOU!

McSwain said...

Love that comic! And I'm a wrapper as well--love the way they look under the tree. And with kids especially, it's part of the magic. What IS in that package with the beautiful ribbon and the little teddy bear tag?

just thinking said...

lol... now that is funny !