For some people the holidays are a particularly stressful time of year. In at least one aspect, I am one of those people.
Is it financial concerns? Thankfully no. We are much better off this year than we were a year ago. Stress from all the preparations? Not really, It has actually been fun to decorate the house and put up the lights and tree with Lukas. It has been equally as fun to make and deliver goodies to friends, neighbors, and family. Not to mention getting to visit Rocket Santa and his spaceship sleigh at the top of Seattle's Space Needle last week.
The lack of daylight? The rampant consumerism surrounding the holiday? Nope. Sure, these are not my favorite aspects of this time of year, but I'm actually a pretty laid back guy so they don't stress me out.
So what is it that stress's me out? Wrapping gifts, of course.
Now, I really can't complain since Mrs. LIAYF is a such a peach. She, of course, wraps 90 percent of the gifts we give in gorgeous fashion, complete with classy paper, beautiful hand curled ribbon, and homemade holiday tags which could turn the lamest gift into a work of art. I almost feel guilty on Christmas morning when I rip into them like a hungry Jackal into a limping Wildebeast calf.
It doesn't stop me. But I feel guilty about it nonetheless. Truely, my lovely wife is like a machine. One of those cool wrapping machines that every husband wishes he had. And I have one! The only problem? And it is admittedly a small one. Teensy really. She refuses to wrap her own gifts. I know! I know! I don't blame her at all for this. In fact, I admire and appreciate all she does. She even laid out all the supplies on a table for me in the basement and gave me some handmade tags. Did I mention that she is a peach?
But the thing is, I suck at wrapping gifts. Seriously. And next to hers mine look, um....sad. Imagine blindfolding Lukas with a handful of crumpled paper and a long string of twisted tape and having him wrap presents. That's kind of how mine end up turning out. I was actually stoked on our 10 year anniversary a couple years ago when I realized that not only was the symbol for 10 years Tin, but also Aluminum. I was Carpe Diem all over that. I wrapped all her gifts in aluminum foil. Unfortunately, I can't get away with that this Christmas.
I did luck out and find some teenagers doing gift wrapping for donations while leaving a store with a couple of gifts for my wife. I must say, that was a couple of bucks well spent. Then last night, determined to get it over with and relieve my holiday stress levels, I sucked it up and wrapped the rest of her gifts.
It could have gone smoother, but I got it done. I only had to cut a strip to cover the back side of one gift where the paper didn't reach clear across. And on only a couple of others, I had to heap on the scotch tape to cover a crumply and bowing seam. The important thing is that it is done. Well, almost.
Tonight I tackle the bows.
Happy Holiday's to everyone. May you have safe travels and fond memories.