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wrapping!

do you like wrapping presents? do you do them as you get them or all at once? do you just throw everything in gift bags? do you seek out beautiful paper or go for the bargain bin at walmart? can you make bows? do you theme wrap your gifts? (ie my mother gets one color theme, my sister another, her kids another, and friends yet another. but all the color themes work together...) do you use one paper for everything? are you a messy wrapper or are your corners creased and patterns lined up?

bottom line.... how do you wrap those goodies going under the tree?

me? i love beautiful paper and gorgeous velvet and silk ribbons. corners are creased and patterns are lined up. i love love love wrapping and make an event out of it. i do them all at once. and most of my friend gifts are baked goods. i like to go to walmart or world market or michaels and shop all yr round for great inexpensive baskets that i can decorate and use for baked yummies...

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I enjoy wrapping only in that it is a part of Christmas. I am no good at it and tend to use large bows to cover poor wrapping. If the item isn't square, it isn't going to look nice.
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I LOVE wrapping gifts!! I wrap all the ones at our house and usually most of the ones at my mom's house, too. I have even wrapped gifts to me from my mom! (she'd put them in boxes first) And, the last two years my husband's boss has paid me to come in and wrap all the company gifts to clients (talk about a dream job!)

I usually wrap mine all at once. It's a dark December night, I've got the old black and white version of "A Christmas Carol" playing on the TV, the tree is lit and I'm sitting in the floor surrounded by rolls of paper, ribbons and tags, with a cup of hot chocolate by my side It's one of my most favorite nights of the year!

I generally use a hodgepodge of Christmas wrapping paper and I mix up my bows and ribbons. Just whatever suits my fancy at the time. I also add little extras to some packages like small ornaments or candy.
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I love wrapping gifts!!! I only buy wrapping paper if I like the design. Right now I have so much wrapping paper that I won't need to buy any for a few years!! I didn't have to buy any last year. I made the mistake of buying a roll from Sam's Club. They are so huge! I've been using the same roll now for two years and still have lots more to go. I try to wrap each family with different wrapping paper.

I wrap whenever I can. If I go shopping and bring home a lot of gifts, I will usually wrap that evening or the next day I have off. Maybe this year I will save some presents to wrap to have a few people to come over and have a wrapping party. I don't know if I will be able to hold out, though

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I have to admit, sometimes the nicest part of a gift is the wrapping paper. The eternal kid in me can stare at good paper for quite awhile. I sometimes wish that world was real.
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Wrapping Christmas gifts has always been a festive tradition for me over the years. Usually, I'll wait until a week before Christmas. I tune in a favorite Christmas movie or CD. There's a cup of egg nog ready for refreshment during my wrapping pary. Alright, I'm all set up now. Now I bring all the gifts, wrapping paper, ribbon, celophane tape, name tags, etc. All is put on the floor and I am sitting in the middle of the pile. This little party of mine goes on for hours. I try not to stop until every gift is wrapped and placed under the Christmas tree. Thanks for bringing up the topic as it has brought back many wonderful memories.
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AuntieMistletoeDear you could wrap up and put under the treeAuntieMistletoeDear you could wrap up and put under the treeAuntieMistletoeDear you could wrap up and put under the treeAuntieMistletoeDear you could wrap up and put under the treeAuntieMistletoeDear you could wrap up and put under the treeAuntieMistletoeDear you could wrap up and put under the treeAuntieMistletoeDear you could wrap up and put under the treeAuntieMistletoeDear you could wrap up and put under the treeAuntieMistletoeDear you could wrap up and put under the treeAuntieMistletoeDear you could wrap up and put under the treeAuntieMistletoeDear you could wrap up and put under the tree
Wrapping gifts is one of the traditions I enjoy most.

I get right into it. I'm not at all talented with tissue paper and gift bags so if it isn't a large hard to wrap gift, I stay away from gift bags.

I like to disguise gifts if I can by using larger than required boxes to fool the receiver. I have several printed gift wrapping rolls and sheets so I can choose special wrap that each person on my list would enjoy.

I'd like to get a little more creative and buy brown paper and decorate it with various colours of paint using festive sponge shapes or cookie cutters with sparkle glitter.

When I was little my Aunt (who was a Home Economics Teacher with a few local schools) and her four daughters used to decorate our gifts so beautifully with tissue paper and hard cardboard to make them look like festive characters. They put so much work into them that I never wanted to unwrap them. (I tried to do the same thing a few times, but it didn't come close to what they had done.) One year it was close to Valentine's Day before I unwrapped one of my gifts despite my mother's pleas and constant reminders that there was a special surprise inside.

I finally opened it and it was a Fisher Price School House. I was happy to discover what was inside, but sad to see the gift wrap gone.
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my post regarding wrapping presents.

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