This time of the year is stressful enough what with the last-minute shopping and needing to be four places in one day.
But at our house the act of getting the gifts wrapped would rank pretty high on the Holmes and Rahe stress scale.
Not All Paper Is Created Equally
Because Tammy had done most of the shopping this year, I decided to try and help get everything wrapped.
But as it turns out I shouldn’t be using all of the stuff in the wrapping paper container.
Tammy: That’s not Christmas wrapping paper.
Me: I don’t think they are going to care when the kids open them.
Tammy: Yeah, but I care. Now I’m not going to have any paper when I need to wrap birthday presents.
Me: How many birthday presents did you wrap last year?
Tammy: I want to throw something at your head so hard right now.
There also seemed to be some sort of paper hierarchy that I found out about when I tried to wrap a gift in something Tammy didn’t consider the “good paper.”
So a little while later I decided to use some of that paper when Tammy told me to wrap one of Grace’s presents.
Me: I’m giving her [Grace] the ugly paper.
Tammy: Sigh (very loudly)…
Me: What? You don’t want me to do that?
Tammy: Not really.
He Gets An A for Effort
Jake had found a spot in the floor to wrap the presents he had bought.
His first attempt was pretty bad.
In fact it was so bad that Tammy referenced it a few minutes later.
She had helped Jake wrap one of his gifts when she held it up.
Tammy: Great, I just “Jake’d” this gift. Well, this will definitely look like it came from Jake.
Jake was discouraged but he didn’t let it get it him down as he kept plugging away. It wasn’t long before he proudly held up one he had just finished.
Jake: How’s this wrapping job?
Me: See, he’s getting better. He just had to get warmed up.
All of the wrapping finally started catching up to Jake and he started reverting back to his old form.
Tammy: Really Jake? You don’t even want to use scissors anymore so you’re just tearing it?
Jake: I did use the scissors.
Tammy: I just saw you tear it.
Jake: Yeah, because I cut it but it didn’t cut all the way.
He went into his room to wrap some presents for Tammy and me and a little later he came out of his room holding up his latest attempt.
Jake: This one got a little messy.
Barely Holding Things Together
It wasn’t long before I heard Tammy ask if we had anymore tape.
I knew we had at least 4 tape dispensers and I couldn’t believe that we had gone through that much tape.
But, as evidenced by the pictures, Jake’s tape-to-paper ratio is rather high which means it didn’t take long for him to burn through a roll.
I had a couple of rolls that wouldn’t fit on the dispensers so it was difficult and time-consuming to get a piece off. It didn’t take long for me to find something to help speed up the process of getting a piece of tape.
Tammy was reluctant to use it at first but once she saw how effective it was she had no problems using it.
Tammy: I’m wasting more time because we don’t have tape.
Me: You should use my handy-dandy tape dispenser.
Lets Go Caroling!
Toward then end of the wrapping festivities Jake starting singing “White Christmas.”
Jake: Hey Mom, what’s your favorite Christmas song?
Tammy: I saw Santa kissing… Wait…
Jake: Saw Momma kissing Santa Claus?
Tammy: Oh yeah. Underneath the Christmas tree last night… Or something like that.
Jake: The mistletoe?
Tammy: Oh yeah.
Obviously Tammy won’t be leading songs in front of the fire later tonight we head to her sister’s house.
The Fat Man with the bag comes tonight (thanks to fellow blogger Tinkerbelle for that one) so everyone be safe tonight so you can see what he brings you.
You and Cap’n Firepants seem to have similar wrapping styles. Firepants’ dad was an awesome, fabulous, fantastic wrapper – put us all to shame (he used to work in the Sears gift-wrapping department), but he apparently didn’t pass those skills on to his son…
I tried to show Jake how to wrap things a little better and he did good for one or two gifts but fell off the closer he got to the end of his stack.
I think Jake’s wrapping job is AWESOME!! It actually looks much like mine become towards the end of wrapping. This year I ran out of tape and got so frustrated with the whole thing I used those label stickers until I ran out of those too so the last big present just had paper draped over it (I know … so ghetto). I think you are right about the paper not being created equal … not only is some birthday paper easily indistinguishable from Christmas paper, but a lot of Christmas paper is real garbage. I don’t mean the designs or anything, I mean the quality! After like four rolls of cheap Christmas paper ripped to shreds on me while wrapping, I decided that next year it’s going to be bags with tissue paper all the way!
Apparently Tammy’s a big wrapping paper connoisseur because not only was I not sposed to use the paper with penguins on it (my thinking: penguins live in snowy cold weather = Christmas paper) but I wasn’t sposed to use certain rolls.
She said because we have to go to someone’s house she wants all of those gifts to be wrapped in the same paper. That way it’s easy to tell which ones need to go.
I’m the opposite because I don’t like wrapping two gifts in a row with the same paper. hahaha… Drives her crazy.
Then she buys rolls that go unused for 2 years and freaks out when I open them.
As you can tell, wrapping presents is a lot of fun at our house.