11/28/07

Gift Wrapping Tradition


We have a new Christmas tradition the kids love. It started the Christmas season of 2005. I was seven months pregnant with our youngest and UNCOMFORTABLE! Anyone who has been pregnant knows what I'm talking about.

That year, my in-loves (in laws) were flying in for Christmas and not only were they planning a huge Christmas, but they wanted to give the girls' room and the boys' room a makeover. They had everything shipped here.

I organized the boxes separating gifts from decorations, plus I needed to wrap the gifts from them and from us because there wouldn't be enough time if I waited until my mom-in-love arrived.

There were boxes, some huge, stacked high the length of our hallway. Can we say, overwhelming? I called in my task force aka the kids (we had five at the time). The kids wrapped and decorated presents in shifts, while I marked what was wrapped on my list.

I had them rotate so they couldn't see their own gifts and they only got to see a couple gifts for each person. The kids loved it! They guarded the secrets well, although, they did enjoy the old "I know what you're getting" routine.

I enjoyed watching the clumsy attempts of wrapping by the little ones, the gentle help offered by the older ones, and the creativity they put into it. Some of the gifts look like they were mangled, but it adds to the charm. I wouldn't want perfectly wrapped gifts if it meant losing the precious look of joy on their faces when they announce, "Look, mom, I did it!" (with a little help).

What seemed like a difficult task became a wonderful new tradition. As gifts come in to the house, I write them down, organize the wrapping sessions and check things off. This is one Christmas tradition here to stay. The kids and I look forward to it each year.

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4 sassy comments:

The Lazy Organizer said...

Great idea! It's amazing what we can come up with from necessity isn't it?

Amydeanne said...

that sounds like a great tradition!!! hehe love the sassitude!

Thanks for visiting my blog today, and I use paintshop pro X to form my wordages! :) If you have more questions let me know!!

Audra Marie said...

Thanks for visiting!

I don't have paintshop pro. I wonder if Photoshop would work.

Amydeanne said...

photoshop would do the same job! I use my "pen" application off my toolbar, draw where I want the wording, pick the font I want, move it on top of the where I drew, and it should go along the lines that you made. sometimes I change my words to "character shapes" which is on the layers view and I can move the size and the shapes to it. I hope that makes sense!

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