confessions of an abominable wrapagrinch

I have a confession to make… I am a abominable wrapagrinch. Not sure what a wrapagrinch is? Well, let me tell you…

A wrapagrinch is someone who doesn’t find the peace and joy of Christmas when wrapping presents. An abominable wrapagrinch is someone who doesn’t find peace and joy of Christmas while doing a poor job wrapping presents.

I could blame it on the fact that I wrap while I have a monkey jumping on my back. This is me wrapping most of my Christmas gifts. And then I get to hear comments like this from my three-year-old monkey, “Mom, that looks like a weird present.” Oy…


But I am finally admitting that I have a problem.

Every Christmas, I turn on Christmas music or watch a fun Christmas movie while I wrap, but I still get the grumpies.

I’m not good at it. In fact, I’m so bad that when someone tells me that my 7 year old daughter did a great job wrapping the present, I just smile and say thank you. (Is that wrong?)

I once wrapped a present in a brown paper bag from a grocery store. Oh yes I did. I kept wrapping row upon row upon row of ribbon around it hoping that it would make it look nicer (and cover all of the tape)… Unfortunaley, I didn’t take a picture of it, but my friend still kindly reminds me about it every Christmas. (In my defense, Terri, it was an odd shaped gift and I’m not sure even Martha Stewart could have wrapped it).

I love beautifully wrapped presents. This is a picture of one that I received from a friend. Isn’t it beautiful?

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I wish I had a gift for it (pun intended), but I don’t. I just don’t enjoy wrapping presents.

I think I have finally pinpointed two reasons why I am an abominable wrapagrinch.

1. I have insufficient supplies. I never have tape. I buy it all the time so you think I would. Something about having four kids in the house who love to craft and create is the cause of this. I had to use packing tape this year to wrap my gifts this year because I had zero tape in the house. (Maybe that’s another reason they think my child wrapped the gift.)

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2. It’s genetic. My sister brought me a Christmas present early (since we will not be able to spend it together) and I laughed when I saw the gift. It looked like I had wrapped it. I’m so glad to know that it runs in my family. I have a genetic predisposition for my condition.

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A present wrapped by my sister, Andrea

I know that gift bags were invented for people like me, but every year I am tempted by all of the beautiful, perfectly wrapped gifts on Pinterest, and so I try again.

An image I found on Pinterest

My husband offers to wrap for me every year, but I like to try and wrap the gifts as I buy them, not wait until Christmas Eve like he does.

As a Christmas present to myself, I bought and wrapped some of the Christmas presents for people last year. It was kind of fun to open a Christmas bin with already wrapped Christmas gifts this year. The only problem with it though, was that the presents look like they had been wrapped last year.

My only hope is in my children. I hope they didn’t inherit my gene so that they can wrap my gifts. But until they are old enough to wrap, I will just keep trying.

So what is my point in telling you all of us? I have no point really. I just wanted to share and get it off my chest.

The bummer is, now all of you who are my friends will know that my daughter was NOT the one who wrapped your gift. Hmmm….

Please tell me I’m not alone in this? Are there any other moms out there who are a wrapagrinch or some other kind of grinch at Christmas? Does anyone have any suggestions on how to find peace and joy while wrapping? Please share, I’d love to hear…

, heidi

4 thoughts on “confessions of an abominable wrapagrinch

  1. Right there with you. Table full of gifts to wrap…..that I’m hoping to get done before the last minute. I’ve resorted to using pretty Christmas bags that keep recycling through the extended family. It’s fun to cross off the last name and put the current name on the tag. We don’t use tissue paper…..we just tape the top closed. Sometimes I make new tags if the old ones are too full of names. I’m not a talented wrapper…..but it comes easily to Marc, so he wraps the ones for birthday parties if I remember in advance. I highly recommend the gift bags for recycling! (I still wrap some, and when I do,I keep telling myself it’s the thought that counts….heh heh)

    1. I love the idea of recycling the gift tags. What a fun idea! Glad I’m not the only one who has to enlist the creative help from a husband. 🙂

  2. I only have two suggestion as I read and laughed at your dilemma. 1. Use gift bags! 2. Learn to let it go like you did the family pictures and enjoy the unique wrapping that you produce! 🙂

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