i may spend more time wrapping gifts and making them personal than i do decorating the tree. well, since the bookends ( savannah & caroline) have decorated the tree the last two years, then that’s probably not an accurate comparison. but you get the picture.
truth be told, years ago when the girls were much younger, being somewhat of a procrastinator, i would wait until christmas eve….ugh..and have this ginormous amount of gifts to wrap. i assure you those were not all cute and pretty. i decided a couple years ago that i not only didn’t have space to store gifts until the end of december, but i wanted to enjoy them. i’ve probably mentioned once or twenty times my love for all things anthropolgie. well they have fabulous gift boxes. i’ve collected them for years and i save & reuse them. fear not, i don’t wrap every single gift in an anthro box . but i love how many of the gifts around the base are all in white little boxes all pretty & matchy matchy.
i usually grab some thick gold or silver glittery ribbon from somewhere cheap. like walmart or michaels. i may grab a few things on the crafty “let’s make a wreath” isle at michaels or hobby lobby and add those as embellishments. i’ll use little ornaments or just pretty little things i’ve collected over the years. i picked up some wooden letters from hobby lobby, painted them silver and added them as toppers. pottery barn has had some pretty things over the years like gold angel wings or glittered letters too. years ago i made some little tags with endearments such as ” merry, believe, angel baby, open me, you are loved, etc” and then just glittered the edges. i made those with all the girls names on them & add them too.
when the girls had silhouettes done when they were little , i made little digital copies of those and use those as tags too. i also have taken images, usually in black & white and made those in to tags too.
this year i got all organized and made a master list. numbered the girls gifts & all. that way on christmas morning i don’t have to try to remember what the “biggy” gift was. what? you always do this? well…i’m late to the party but mama’s got a plan this year.
does your family open all at once in some crazed wrapping paper throwing frenzy or are you
more civilized and compulsive orderly and enjoy one person opening at a time? oh we are totally one person at a time kinda people. drag all the glory out as long as possible.
another thing. i remember years ago. the girls were probably all around elementary school age and i realized i had spent a zillion dollars. the girls has all kinds of toys and books and clothes and little this & little thats. we would sit down at lunch and no fault of their own, but they could hardly remember all their gifts. i decided then and there that i would not go all crazy ever again and buy so much. while i’m not an extremist or anything, i’ve tried to real it in a little and be much more intentional, about their gifts.
i shared last year’s gift wrapping here.
emily posted about her christmas gift giving here…i love this idea and might just do this next year!
a few fuzzy iphone photos…
i’d love to see how you wrap your gifts and hear how your christmas morning unfolds