Let the record show I am almost done my Christmas shopping AND wrapping (the items that have arrived at least). Hate me if you must - it will not dim my slightly smug joy at my surprising readiness.
But as I stand at my diningroom table and wrap while the Christmas tunes blare away I have some words of wisdom to impart. (side note I managed to find the right remote, get the sound system and TV on the right channel and used the chrome cast to play my music of choice ALL BY MYSELF #christmasmiracle)
1. Beware the cheap wrapping paper for it will tear and crease and rip and ruin your joy.
2. That jumbo roll seems like a good idea until you are staring at it for the 11th Christmas in a row.
3. On the other hand that lovely glossy paper you splurged on (with the blessed grid lines to keep the edges looking straight) won't last more than 2 gifts.
4. Don't cut off small pieces of paper thinking you'll them for something else.... you won't be able to because it's always going to be 5mm too small.
5. When re-using gift bags from holidays past.... check for and remove tags to prevent Christmas morning confusion and potential embarrassing situations
6. Don't cheap out on tape - buy the good stuff. Lots of it.
7. Get a good dispenser - hundreds of little pieces of tape waiting patiently on the back of the dining room chair are a hazard to unsuspecting guests with long hair who drop by for tea.
8. Tags. You think those sheets of sticker tags look like there are many. There are not. There is also no space to write anything other than 2 names and xo. On the other hand tying on the ones with tiny threads ensure a distinct lack of peace on earth.
9. If you stuff up a wrap job - start over. Better to use more paper (even the good stuff) than gift something that looks like the dog mauled it.
10. Put tags on IMMEDIATELY after you wrap - you think you'll remember what it is until you have 15 similar looking packages.
Put on the kettle - have some tea, sing out loud, think of those people you love as you wrap their gifts and try and remember it's not about all these gifts, in the end.... its about....