Someone on a chat board I visit recently asked the four "important" questions, below, about holiday gift wrapping. Given that today is November 30, I was astounded at the answers she received, since so many people said they were done shopping and wrapping, had color-coded their gifts and were completely organized for their holidays (whether Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, etc.) -- an entire month in advance. Here are the aforementioned questions, and below them are my answers.
1. Have you wrapped your presents yet?
2. Do you color code your wrapping paper for different people, destinations, etc.?
3. Do you buy new each year or use the leftovers?
4. Do your gifts go under the tree?
And herewith my heretical answers:
1. I wrap as I buy, so I have wrapped two presents. In cute red paper with a tiny white floral print with a lovely gold satin ribbon.
2. I never even thought of color coding. How clever. (And where were you when I had kids living at home and I needed someone to suggest this amazing idea?)
3. I buy new wrapping paper and pay top price, because I have to wait for inspiration to move me to "wrapping action." On the day after Christmas, when others are out grabbing up those fantastic gift paper bargains, I'm home savoring cookies, clementines and coffee.
4. No gifts shall appear under the tree. The cat(s) and dog will occupy that position as long as possible.
Clearly I'm not a candidate for the "Holiday Shopping Person of the Year Award." I really do admire those who are buttoned-up and prepared in advance; however, I've reached a point in my life where I accept that I'm not one of them. It's all good.