Wednesday, December 14, 2011

I often say that I LOVE everything about Christmas, but that isn't exactly the whole truth. There are a couple of things that are not tops on my list. One of those things is gift wrapping. I come by it naturally. My mom never enjoyed the task and I have taken up the torch. I wish I was one of those folks who could artfully wrap a gift with all the seams making the pattern match and decorate the finished package with all sorts of darling little bits of sparkle and fluff that make the recipient smile before they find out what is hidden inside.
I have come into my own wrapping style. Enter brown craft paper. I purchased a HUGE roll a few years back. I wrap with it for all occasions using raffia for trim. Like me, it is plain and simple.
So why aren't those gifts under the tree? Well that brings me to the second thing that I don't care for at Christmas. I don't like to rearrange furniture to accommodate the tree. Can't tell you the origins of this quirk, it is just one of those things.
So this year, the tree landed next to the dining room table. It's a nice spot. It looks festive. We enjoy the lights every evening while we are watching tv. But the gifts would be difficult to get to come Christmas morning. So I'm testing out keeping them in that green box near the fireplace. With more wrapping yet to go, I could find myself with a serious overflow situation. Stay tuned.

15 comments:

Shakerwood said...

Did the same brown kraft paper thing myself for a while. Until I ran out. Now I just buy whatever is on sale at the end of the season. For me, it's not the ability to wrap, it's the cheap "why should I spend so much money for them to rip it off and throw it away" mentality.

The tree looks like it's in a wonderful spot, though!

WoolenSails said...

I am not a great wrapper, I just put it on with tape and that is it, lol. I also hate finding room for a tree, I do not have large spaces, so easier to put up lots of little trees.

Debbie

*Quilterin* said...

Hi Libby!

I really enjoy the american way of decorating the christmas tree during the whole christmastime. That`s a a longer time than in Europe.

Your room looks great!

Best wishes from Austria
ELKE

Karen said...

I do the same thing with the kraft paper - took last year off and did regular wrapping paper - but this year I'm back at it as well - with such a large roll it will last a few years for sure, lol. I use bright red ribbon to give it a little punch and little manilla tags with a stamp and to and from on it. I like the simple look as well :).

Hugs - Karen

AnnieO said...

I like to use gift bags but don't fuss too much over the wrapping paper job. All packages look great in a pile (or green box by a fireplace), no matter their wrapping :)

Looks like you have a nice skinny tree to fit in a corner. I try for skinny trees but always seem to get a moderately obese one.

Karen said...

I make a yearly trip to the dollar store for gift bags. I just pop the gift in one of those. I can't even get tissue paper to look cute in one of those bags, so this year I am skipping that. Just wrap my gift in the holly quilt you have on the rocking chair. I would be oh so happy. I wouldn't even care if it was an empty box you were wrapping with it.

Diane said...

I spied the holly quilt too; looks lovely there. My mom didn't wrap our 'santa' gifts, I think it was just too much money for them and mom and dad put the tree up and assembled toys after we (4 kids) went to bed Christmas eve! yikes, no wonder I remember them being so tired on Christmas day! Our gifts were placed on a separate chair or sofa with our stocking on top so we knew which pile of loot was ours. My husband's family wrapped and I took up that tradition although at first I thought is was weird... and actually love to wrap-If we lived closer, I'd be happy to wrap for you-brown craft paper and pretty ribbon would be terrific, I think. I plan on doing that myself, but first I must use up the gift wrap I bought 5-6 years ago for a song after Christmas when I worked in a hallmark store....lovely but can't wait til it's gone now.
I think it's so neat to learn how everyone celebrates/prepares/decorates for this and other seasons. We are so diverse. I love your home and your tree looks terrific where it is.

Mary said...

I say whatever works. I"m going to do my wrapping next week, once everything is either finished or has been delivered. I don't have a place for a tree so I leave packages on the dining room table. It works for me!

Texan said...

I think brown craft paper is a wonderful wrapping have a roll myself! Some years I enjoy wrapping and can spend a lot of time doing bows and ribbons and curls...Others its a quick slap of paper and a bow maybe LOL

I put my tree in the entry this year. I did not want to move furniture either. The very best spot is where a table is that is between two chairs that we sit in a lot. We also use the table a lot. I said to honeyman its crazy to move what we use all the time for the tree. So we looked around, tried it a few places... it landed in the entry. That will be the new spot for the tree from here on out :O).

Dawn said...

Looks beautiful. My kids like the presents hidden - so lots of room under my tree. Maybe not so much the other gift recipients, but they are shipped this year.

Your house looks beautiful.
Happy wrapping - I like the look!

Gari said...

I so agree about wrapping gifts. I finally got mine done today: whew! And as for the tree....this year we didn't put one up. I would have had to move everything and besides we have a puppy and a cat that would have taken it down shortly after it went up. I hung a quilted tree instead. New tradition?

Stephanie D. said...

I have no where to put up a tree without rearranging the furniture, so that's just how it flows here. I've tried it a couple of different ways, and there's just no getting around it.

As for wrapping gifts, we just wrap in fabric with whatever ribbons, lace, trim and safety pins I have on hand. The gifts look beautiful, whether or not it's Christmas fabric, and I've made a few Christmas bags for my husband, since he has only the one hand. I hope to eventually have all Christmas bags, but that'll be quite some time.

Of course, gifts outside the family must be in paper, but they're usually in the store-bought bags and tissue paper. It's just easier that way.

Lori said...

Hey,. why not? Do what works and enjoy it!!

deb said...

I LOVE wrapping with brown kraft paper....and I also love BAGS!!!! lololol.......

suz said...

My Mom was famous for not only NOT wrapping anything, but also not taking the price tags off. She'd buy stuff throughout the year and then sort thru it without really thinking about who was getting what...just as long as we all got the same amount. I once got a coffee pot that made coffee by being plugged into the lighter in your car...I didn't own a car. When Mom would go take a nap after dinner, we'd regift with each other, which actually became a fun game.

I love where your tree is and agree with you whole heartedly about moving furniture to accomodate the tree -