This year, I'm thrilled to report that as of today I've got only 2 more gifts to buy, both of which will be Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals on electronics. Yes, I'm one of those horrible people that is taking full advantage of the deals instead of boycotting for the sake of making a statement that no one listens to anyway. However, I will boycott Kohls all weekend. The one by my house is a spawning ground for Satan's little Black Friday helpers.
I digress. This post's subject is gift wrapping, not shopping.
I love wrapping gifts. I love that my daughters want to wrap gifts.
For years I have taken pride in creating beautiful packages with the prettiest bows and colors. I love wrapping gifts so much that several years ago I took a seasonal job at Marshall Fields to work in gift wrapping. I loved it. I loved learning new ways to wrap and I loved seeing a pair of mittens transformed into a beautiful holiday package that someone would put under the tree. I loved serving people, even the rude people who were never quite happy enough. I'm pretty sure that those were the unhappy women who pretended to have more money than they actually did. I loved seeing what people were buying for their loved ones. I especially took note of what the men bought and I could quickly figure out what kind of relationship they had with the women for whom they were buying (wine glasses, jewelry, slippers). It was most amusing. That year, I wrapped Lorie Line's packages. She looked just like her photo album when she came in: big hair, meticulous makeup. By the way, she was not one of the rude ones.
I still love wrapping. I love buying a gift and then going home to wrap it right away. I love listening to Christmas music and spending the evening making pretty packages that color coordinate.
My daughters are both so artistic and have inherited my love of working with my hands. They love learning and creating beauty. They love helping me with my artistic projects. I love that about them. They can't wait to help me wrap all the gifts. They're just adorable when they help.
I hate it when they help.
I hate it when a fragile box is damaged.
I hate puckered corners.
I hate when the tape is perpendicular to the seams.
Even more so, I hate scrunched up and wrinkled tape.
I hate it when the paper wrinkles or, heaven forbid, rips.
I hate crooked ribbons. I hate imperfection.
Are you beginning to understand my internal struggle? I want my children to help and yet I hate it when they do. I want them to learn the fine art of gift wrapping, but I don't want them to ruin my packages with their fingerprints all over the tape.
Oh! It's bedtime! I think I'll wrap some gifts now. My tutorial on seamless gift wrapping might be coming soon (but I'll probably not have time, so don't hold me to it). It makes a very pretty package indeed.