I hope everyone had a very special Christmas. This year circumstances made it where I was reminded how wonderful it is to have little children in the house during the Christmas season. I had my grandchildren scurrying around with boundless excitement and anticipation. The advent calendar was truly a life saver for us all after my seven year old granddaughter declared that is was Christmas the day after Thanksgiving. In her defense, the bombardment of advertising for Christmas since Halloween might have anyone confused. I guess in her mind she thought it was about time to “get the show on the road” as they say.
The photograph above represents the beautiful ribbon and trims that come off our carefully wrapped packages. I just can’t throw them in the trash. I save the best of them, ok, most of them. I tuck them away until next year and pull my little bag out when I need to tie something up in a snap. I have even used that years tags and ribbons to embellish scrapbook pages that I really love. I can vividly remember my Grandmother Viola carefully saving every ribbon and sometimes paper. Family would comment that it was the Scottish in her that made her thrifty and others reflected that living during the great depression taught you to save what you have. I am going to embrace with pride that this is just a little part of me that is like Viola and I will continue to feel a kinship to her and be thankful for family each year as I fill my little bag with pretty ribbons.
Savoring the Season. – Marianne
Just sitting here thinking about how I would like to wrap this years packages. Last year it was all about red. My strategy is to choose a feature color and a few accent colors. Then I coordinate the” kids” papers with the more sophisticated “adult” wrap. This way it all just blends together nicely.
I just loved this tone on tone red zebra wrapping paper from last year. A cute check paper leftover from several years ago was able to make an appearance with this color theme. The pink in the santa paper kept all of it looking up to date and fresh. Silver is brought in from the tree, the paper, and the package attachments like the reindeer above.
Choosing one predominate color makes it easy to pick up gift bags that will blend easily with your theme. This penguin bag was so adorable. I am not alway sure what I will put in a bag when I buy it, but if I love it I know I will find something to put in it.
Do you have a color theme when you wrap presents or do you prefer the “anything goes” approach? Either way, creatively wrapping your gifts allows you to make a design statement during this favorite holiday season. – Marianne
The wrapping on this gift touched me as much as the gift itself. Just knowing that someone took the time to do something by hand and so uniquely special. The gift was from a dear friend with awesome creativity and talents. With their permission I did not unwrap this gift for several days so I could just savor it all. When opened it revealed a equally beautiful and thoughtful book.
The secret is shopping the Christmas gift wrap isle!
This leopard print foil really makes a statement.