Monday, December 16, 2013

Consumed by the season

Christmas. It consumes most people at this time of year whether they want it to or not, as it has consumed me.

I have been posting about my Christmas experiences on Twitter. (I tend to use my twitter account for things that I don't actually want people to follow, since I have very few followers.) I've talked a bit about gift wrapping here, but I'll add that I have been busy with window painting,
tree hunting,
gingerbread houses,
photo albums, Yule pajamas
and ugly Xmas sweaters. (Pictures of ugly Xmas sweaters will be posted AFTER the Yule party)

But I digress... I admit that I have fallen into the consumer trap that is Christmas time.  I have bought things for crafts that I had every intention of having ready for stockings, yet will now not have time to finish. I have purchased things for friends and family that I'm sure they really don't need.  I have grabbed green and red packaged candy while I'm waiting in line for the till. I have even stocked up on supplies for baking - something I rarely ever do.

But this year I did something that I have not done before.  I asked all my family and friends to wrap their presents as green as possible - at the very least, any gifts for me. Reused gift bags, paper used as padding in packages, bows made from old magazines. This is how I have wrapped all my presents this year.  And everyone I talked to agreed that it was a splendid idea! 

Here is what I've done so far: 
I quite like the creativity required with unconventional mediums.  I hope everyone else has followed through with the green gift wrap theme, too! (I made that tree skirt, too, by the way.  ;)  )


  1. It's hard not to be consumed by the season. I hate feeling obligated, but I do love spending the time with the people I love. Happy Yuletide, my dear! And brightest blessings.

  2. Wonderful job using up all those bits and pieces to make very attractive packages! I'm not as creative, but use a lot of gift bags over and over, and tissue paper over and over, and the last time I bought wrapping paper was a number of years ago, just use it minimally in an attempts to reduce the waste. No matter what we use, everybody will love opening the gifts! Wish I could be there just to see what's in those delightful packages!