It is that time. Time to wrap the presents.
Wrapping is not one of my gifts. (Ok, that was kinda funny. Wrapping? Gifts? I need to lay off the cocoa.) I generally have one end of my wrapping that is 9 inches too long and one end that has a 3 inch gap. I do realize that if I would scoot the package to the center of the paper that problem would be eliminated. But I don't.
I have abolished all ribbons, bows and other adornments.
It is paper only for me. I only like the thick kind of paper that you have to get at the Hobby Lobby half price event or it is more expensive than the gifts. (I used to make a 5 hour drive to score some Container Store paper until I did the math.) I think the thick paper makes my packages look pretty.
I have tried the gift bags, but the tissue paper gives me fits. Fits. When it tears I almost go into convulsions.
The problem that I can never seem to resolve is how to make the most use of an area of wrapping paper. I stick the gift on the paper...kind of measure it...and cut. I am FOREVER left with an unusable amount of leftover. Unfortunately, I save all the unusable portions because I have spent a fortune on the thick paper. So I have a big pile of junk paper that clutters my wrap area (aka my kitchen table) which makes me itchy.
Eventually I will end up hunched over on the floor in front of the TV wrapping the presents. Until the extreme back pain kicks in and my legs go numb. I think it may send me straight to early onset osteoporosis. That and my lack of dairy.
Also, the reality that people are just going to RIP the thick paper right off of the gift causes me to be somewhat perplexed. Is the lack of sensation in my legs worth the effort? Do people really care? Have I ever been given accolades for my gift wrapping abilities? Well, no. And I am sure it has nothing to do with the fact that I only use paper with no embellishment. I want to offer a beautifully wrapped present, but not enough to actually do it.
I have a good friend who likes wrapping so much that she used to hire herself out to stores to wrap gifts during the holiday season. Maybe she needs to lay off the cocoa...
I think that the origin of my issue is this: I find the predicament of how to unwrap an exquisitely wrapped gift a little overwhelming. I am not really patient enough to carefully remove each piece of tape. Is it rude to shred it? Should I save the paper? I could add it to my leftover pile, I guess. See? I am just saving my recepients from such bewilderment.
Let's not even get into my struggles with opening taped boxes...