Sunday, December 18, 2011

Savor the Season

Growing up, my family always wrapped our Christmas presents in a very unique way. We'd spend more time wrapping the gift than we did shopping for it! Every year, my sister and I looked forward to seeing how our presents would be wrapped way before we even thought about what was in the package. I don't know if I can adequately explain how our presents were wrapped, so I'll show you.

I could only find pictures from one Christmas, but we came up with some really awesome creations year after year. Not only did we have fun thinking of ideas and wrapping the gifts, but unwrapping was a enjoyable, leisurely event. We admired each package and appreciated the time and effort that went into every one. Then we'd take turns, going around the room, slowly unwrapping each gift. It was a huge shock when my family would get together with my ex-inlaws because everyone ripped into their gifts at the same time like it was a race to finish. I never even knew who had gotten what from whom. It was a crazy free-for-all.

This is one tradition we're keeping - taking our time unwrapping our presents and appreciating the time and effort that went into each and every present. Read here about another family who has found a way to slow the unwrapping frenzy so they can savor each moment.

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Kimberly said...

Okay, you have totally inspired me to get my Christmas shopping finished before Christmas Eve. Strictly so I can attempt to do something like this. Last year I was up until 3 a.m. wrapping. Sigh.

Your family seems awesome!

Krystle C. said...

I LOVE the wrapping!!! I would have never thought to do something so creative with wrapping a gift. I would not have wanted to ruin it by unwrapping it.

Jill said...

My family did the "race to the finish" approach, too. When I met my husband, his family did the "one at a time" approach and I loved it so much that now my family does it, too! Soooo much better!!

memvan7 said...

Wrapped in a special way and with a poem is how the presents are given on december the 5th , the day te celebrate Sinterklaas in the Netherlands

Tina said...

This is a great family tradition. We hav always taken our time unwraping, but I really like the idea of making the wrapping special. I may just do it myself. Thank you!

Mom Taxi Julie said...

Wow those are fantastic! Each one is it's own little art project.

My family unwraps youngest to oldest. It works out well because everyone gets to see what everyone else received and the youngest can go off and play if they get tired of waiting for the adults :)

MommaRae24 said...

Every year at my parents house each of my 3 boys will unwrap one present. Then they ball it up and see if they can throw it into the recycling can. The first one that makes it gets to open their next present. If you don't make it you have to keep trying.

Also before each gift is open, they have to say one nice thing that they like about each of the people giving it to them.

momEE said...

I think that is awesome.

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