Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Lessons I've learned from wrapping Christmas presents....

Lessons I have learned from wrapping Christmas Presents..........




(This is NOT a picture of my own tree!!)

#1 - Never buy wrapping paper from the $1 store just because it is $1. Invest in the type that has more than 1 foot on the roll!!!!

#2 - Do not start a tradition where EVERY child gets 10-12 wrapped SMALL gifts in their stocking. Wrapping those for 5 children takes FOREVER!

#3 - Teach your husband EARLY in the marriage that it is okay for him to do some of the wrapping. Do not think you need to do it all by yourself because 14 years of that shows him that you do not need help!!

#4 - Buy EXTRA tape because you WILL need it!!!

#5 - Instead of buying your children a bunch of inexpensive junk just get them 1 thing that they really want!!!

#6 - Do not wait until the last minute to get everything you need and then realize on Christmas Eve Eve that you still have not bought anything for your husband. Oops!!

#7 - Bring a good Christmas CD into your room to wrap and do not rely on Pandora to play anything but songs from before you were born. :)


Feel free to add to my list!!! Can you tell that I am wrapping gifts today?

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96 comments:

  1. Santa always put fruit and candy treats along with unshelled nuts, in their stockings, so they weren't guift heavy, but nutrition heavy! But there was always a little wrapped gift in the toe. Santa likes them to be curious! lol Merry Christmas

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  2. Ahhhahahaha! This is hilarious and sounds like if I wrote it! Thanks Robyn. Happy Holidays to you and your family!

    Liana Lopez
    designsbyliana@gmail.com

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  3. Well if it makes you feel any better I haven't wrapped anything and still have to work all day. I have to make dishes for tomorrow and Christmas day, wrap everything and finish up photo gifts. AHHHH!!! I know how you are feeling. Have a Merry Christmas.

    Talisha

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  4. NEVER PUT OFF UNTIL DECEMBER THAT WHICH YOU SHOULD HAVE BEGAN IN JANUARY!!!!!!!LOL!
    WELCOME CHRISTMAS!

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  5. yes I have shopping to do, treats to make for plates of goodies for friends, then deliver them, more shopping to do, and presents to wrap. But yet I am just wanting to sit here and look at more videos that you have done. lol
    merry Christmas

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  6. You are too funny! So true, so true. Have a merry Christmas!

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  7. So true about the $1 store. I got paper from there for the first time this year becaue they had mickey paper for a $1 and well I went through 15 rolls. But my hubby did get me the Black Cricut Expression for Christmas!! (:

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  8. Always check that you bought your husband the correct shoe size before wrapping the box. You WILL forget which box it is... >.<

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  9. Never let your 1 1/2 year old open a present early because then she feels the need to unrap all the presents under the tree...Have a great Christmas!

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  10. Things I have learned.

    MEN JUST DON'T GET IT. Meaning, how much time/pressure the holidays are. Wouldn't you just love to be the MAN and show up at the time of the festivities and just HANG OUT, usually on the couch. Can you imagine what the holiday would be IF the men had to do all the gift purchasing, gift wrapping, card sending, menua planning, grocery shopping, baking, package delivery, cooking, cleaning...etc. It would be a DISASTER. And my hubby wonders why I am crabby today....has HE ever gone to the grocery store to get the needed Christmas Eve/ Christmas Day groceries ESPECIALLY on a day when a snow storm is suppost to hit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Betty

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  11. Robyn that is too funny!!!

    I wrapped gifts last night with my hubby...I have mine trained:) He has the system down pat..for every 2 gifts I wrapped, he wrapped 1...it had to be perfect!! Go figure!

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  12. This is so true! I'm am about to go and finish my Christmas shopping. I got most of it done on Black Friday, but haven't done any since! Merry Christmas, and happy wrapping!
    ~Anna

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  13. I was laughing my head off reading this post! That sounds exactly like my house! Here's one-- don't put a piece of candy in the advent calendar from the "elves" beginning on Dec.1st-24th. This is cute when you have 1 child, but when you get to 3 and its 12 yrs later you tend to have nights you might forget and then," ohhhh, mommy why didn't the elves come to check on us last night and leave our candy???" It seemed like a cute tradition at the beginning. LOL

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  14. I am so with you on the cheep wrapping paper. I bought a 4 pack from walmart for $5 and it was taped on the one side of each roll. It was so frustrating and waisted the whole section.

    My mom bought a roll at target for $3.50 and it was awesome, deffinently worth the money!!

    Make sure you have a friend to wrap with it makes the time go alot faster!!

    Also I am with you on the little inexpensive gifts buy ones they either really need or one big one!!

    Your tree and presents look amazing though, great job!! I think it took me 5 hours to wrap all of the presents and they dont look nearly as awesome as yours ;).

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  15. Robyn,
    I'm probably just venting - but here is mine. "Make sure that when your husband is out of town for work the week of Christmas, that you have someone to watch the kids." Wrapping at all hours of the night while on constant lookout is no fun! But don't worry, they had me up at 5:30 this morning to run them around giving me plenty of chances to finish the homework I should have been doing last night instead of wrapping!

    Hope your holiday is wonderful!

    Very Tired Mom,
    Cinera

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  16. Robyn,
    Try to buy gifts that are in a square shape only! Wrapping odd shaped gifts only results in giving up and putting them in gift bags.

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  17. I am late! Have no stocking stuffers yet, and will definitely take the advice from Jessica. Thank you Jessica!
    Have a very Merry Christmas - to you and your family:)

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  18. Teach your children that it is fun to wrap gifts from a very early age, so that they beg you to do it when they are 22 and you have gifts for 4 children, inlaws, and grandchildren! My giftwrapping took me all of the 5 minutes it took to take out the paper, scissors and tape, then she took over - bliss, I tell ypu!

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  19. Never assume that just because your 3 children are at school it is ok to wrap presents in the living room, because that ONE time, your 16 year old will come home for lunch!

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  20. Excellent Advice!!! I'm 7 years into my marriage and will start to implement MANY of these suggestions ASAP!! I got sick these last 2 weeks and hubs has had to step up~so this is a good lesson for both of us! :) :)

    MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU AND YOURS, AND A WONDERFUL NEW YEAR!!! :) :)

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  21. Actually, I'm very lucky, my husband does about 1/2 the buying and wrapping... he cooks Christmas dinner and does some of the baking. He also cleans the house and does the laundry. But then he is retired and I'm the bread winner in the house. I get to join him in retirement in February. I've learned to never put glass ornaments on the tree if you have cats... don't ask me how I know.
    Susan

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  22. LOL my Mom's plan is to buy as many gift bags in as many sizes as she can!

    I like to wrap buuuut I am not the best at it LOL I can make a beautful card or scrapbook page but when it comes to wrapping it looks like a preschooler did it LOL!! But it is all about the meaning of the gift and not how pretty it is : )!
    I also learned that cats and bows/ribbons on packages are NOT a good thing LOL little stinkers!

    Merry Christmas to all and God Bless!!

    Melinda H.

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  23. I have another one for you - never wait to wrap until Christmas Eve after the kids go to bed (not planned just always seems to be the only time to do it) only to find out you only have a 1/2 a roll of Christmas wrapping paper and no more gift bags! Can you guess how I know this tip??????

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  24. Robyn I don't envy you. I have 4 children and wrapping for them was always the biggest chore, you spend hours on Christmas eve wrapping only for all your hard work to be shredded in a few hours time. I am lucky tough because before my accident I used to buy the presents and my husband would always wrap them, now he buys and then still helps wrap them but it don't get no easier as they get older the presents just end up in odd or awkward shaped boxes lol.
    Cheap wrapping paper is definitely a no no, my husband came home with some paper last week which is that slippery shiny type and it is so hard to wrap with plus it is only about 16" square and not many presents fit in that.
    Have a wonderful Christmas.
    Kim xXx

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  25. Here is a tip for you: When buying gifts that are coming from santa make sure you have some place to hide them before AND after they are wrapped! lol

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  26. Here is a tip for you: When buying gifts that are coming from santa make sure you have some place to hide them before AND after they are wrapped! lol

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  27. Here is a tip for you: When buying gifts that are coming from santa make sure you have some place to hide them before AND after they are wrapped! lol

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  28. Here is a tip for you: When buying gifts that are coming from santa make sure you have some place to hide them before AND after they are wrapped! lol

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  29. The hustle and bustle of the Holidays, got to love them!! A little tip, the day after Christmas go out and get alot of gift bags on clearance, easy to store for next year. I start out wrapping when I first start buying and then switch to bags when I get tired of it!! I wish everyone a wonderful Holiday Season!! It will be over before you know it!!

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  30. Let's see: If you have identical shaped gifts and wrap them in the same paper make sure you mark who it goes to before wrapping them all up. That was not fun trying to figure which niece/nephew got which gift.

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  31. Hahaha Totally true I agree with the husband helping but never seems to work even if I put it in front of him he didnt even wrap my gift he just handed it to me last week and said here use it it was a back massager hahah so I did but told him to go buy me one that I dont know what it is and he said hmm what do you want? Yeah after6 years of being together and he has no clue but watches me craft and use my cricut "HELLO" lol well anyway have a merry christmas and a happy new year and I cant wait for more videos whooo hooooo!!!! love them.

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  32. Very nice blog you have!

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  33. Santa never wraps gifts, and he always brings the ones that need to be put together, together. Thank you Santa. You will always need tape. All presents are under the tree waiting for Santa to come and leave his, so he can see if the kids have been good or not. You make me laugh soooooo much. I got my husband to wrap years ago. so nice. Merry CHRISTmas to you and your family. Have a happy and safe CHRISTmas. Jesus is the reason for the season.

    GOD BLESS

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  34. Oh that is funny. But I will do all the wrapping thank you. My DH can't wrap to save his life. He goes thru a huge roll for only a couple of gifts. As for the tape, I should have stock in it.

    Happy holidays

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  35. This is TOOO funny!! THis year my mom wrapped all her gifts in the cute and thrifty Target reusable bags. Red and white and WAY cheaper than gift bags!!

    That is what I will do next year!!

    Merry Christmas to you all!!!

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  36. I don't celebrate Christmas, people think I'm crazy but it truly looks like more of a frustrating hassel then necessary. We buy gifts and do things all year round not just on Dec 25th. Do love the sales though. I do love your tips.

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  37. Bless Your Heart i will pray for
    you.
    I wont YOU and your Family TO have
    A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS
    Linda W. from a little ranch
    in TEXAS

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  38. Too bad I didn't have your list
    about 30-35 years ago...lol
    You are so right about all of
    it. Love your blog. You are so
    creative and funny.
    Happy Holidays to you and yours.

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  39. Who ever said presents had to be wrapped? Or for that matter, who said you had to give gifts that were wrap-able? Give coupons, or a whole booklet of them - free back rub, your choice of dinner for a week, flying lessons, getaway of your choice, etc. (Since I'm assuming the majority of us are paper crafters, I'm sure you can find a creative way to give them.) Just make sure unwrapped gifts are hidden well, and it's still a surprise, at no extra cost!

    One more thing, and I hope it's not offensive to anyone! Someone once told me, "Men are simple creatures - just buy lingerie." :) Assuming it's not inappropriate, for our anniversary this year, I got my DH a couple DVD's he wanted. I took one of the DVD's out of the case and folded up a "sexy little number" inside. LOL You should've seen his face when he opened that Disney movie haha!
    ~ac

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  40. P.S. - Merry CHRISTmas! His life was the best gift ever given.
    ~ac

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  41. I always buy paper from dollar tree and make sure there is at least 20 feet per roll (usually is). It always last me for ever, and we buy tons of gifts. I just went and bought 5 more rolls the other day and haven't even used them yet. I'm still using up the rolls from last year.

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  42. Last night my hubby asked me what I wanted for Christmas. We always do an after Christmas specia treat for each other and save Christmas for the kids. I,of course said, " Nothing honey, I have everything I could ever want." And then I ordered a Scor-Pal and your DVD!!
    Merry Christmas to me!!!

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  43. Bought paper from dollar store and it tore. So I went to Target and bought better. I learned my lesson this year. Its always best to start early. An older American friend of mine starts early the first of the year to buy presents and buy throughout the year so it doesnt hit your pocket book early. I have learned always start as early as you can. Have Merry Christmas lov eyour list .
    Peggy Snyman facebook

    peggy.snyman@yahoo.com
    red467@juno.com

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  44. You should watch the Custom Crops video about wrapping, they have some good ideas and easy ways to dress up the packages. Not that I have time for it, but I'm just sayin'

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  45. A handy tip if you are traveling to two relatives - wrap one family's presents in one colur solid or print paper and another family in different solid/print paper. That way, you can see at a quick glance which gifts you have to bring to which family. Hope this helps.

    Have a great Christmas with the family!

    Barb. Smith
    (from Toronto - we have no snow but expect a little on Christmas morning)

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  46. Just finished mine by shoving the last gift in a gift bag and taping the bag shut. It is for my husband, so it doesn't matter :) Now I am sitting here wasting time because I forgot to take the Fillo dough out of the freezer for the Baklava Cheesecake. It takes 2 hours to thaw :( I'm going to be up all night!

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  47. Never wrap gifts with a cat in the room with you.
    karen
    Stephenville, TX (where it was 75 degrees and beautiful today)

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  48. Last night I got my son's Christmas gifts all wrapped, thanks to my hubby. He helped. He handed me pieces of tape and cut the paper.

    Tonight I have to finish wrapping "other" family gifts and pack. We leave in the morning for our trip.

    Oh, Hubby hasn't done his shopping yet. He only has to buy for one person ... me.

    Thank you Robyn!

    Merry Christmas All!

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  49. Thanks for the memories!!! My children are grown,but oh how I remember spending christmas eve wrapping all the gifts myself.I didn't train my husband either.Big mistake!!! One thing I've learned, gift bags are great!!! You only need tissue paper!! Have a great holiday with your family Dee in N.J.

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  50. I'm going to wrap tonight, too! My husband will be helping me. There's no way I'd let him get out of it! Good luck tonight!

    Sandra :)

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  51. 1. START wrapping the week BEFORE the kids get out of school!
    2. Don't be afraid to wrap two or three things together....(they won't even notice how many boxes they unwrapped, it's all about WHAT they unwrapped)
    3. Get your husband's gift first and give it to him on a quiet night BEFORE Christmas...you'll both enjoy it more :-)
    4. Enjoy each child from their individual point of view during the holidays (the reason for number 1. being finished early!)....they will not be that age ever again on that particular Christmas!
    Don't let the stress get to you...plan ahead!

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  52. Thanks for my giggle of the day! I really love your blog! Merry Christmas to you and your family!
    Tracy

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  53. Robyn, I still have much of my wrapping to do. The one thing I always try to do is to stock up on the gift bags of all sizes and tissue paper, it definitely makes wrapping much quicker and easier. Probably easier when your kids are older like mine. Have a Happy Holiday!

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  54. Hi Robyn, Here is a tip that we learned. Dh and I always wrapped dd's santa gifts in a different paper than gifts from us. Well we forgot one year and put all the wrapping paper together in the attic. She was in the attic and busted us. LOL! Tonight dd's friend wanted her to watch a movie with their family,so dh and I took advantage of wrapping her gifts tonight instead of midnight tomorrow. Yah! Great gift from them and they don't even know it. LOL! Hope you and your family have a Merry Christmas!

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  55. scrapper196912/23/2009 6:59 PM

    LOL! Robyn...I agree with you on the cheap wrapping paper..I bought some and cutting them look like a 2 yr. old did it... oh well... My kids don't mind! My hubby use to help until he had a stroke and now I get stuck with all the work... Life Happens! :) I do want to wish you and your wonderful family a HAPPY CHRISTMAS AND A HEALTHY NEW YEAR! GOD BLESS!

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  56. dandmpug@aol.com12/23/2009 7:40 PM

    Hi, Robyn.
    Oh, you always make me laugh. I agree with all of your tips. My hubby hasn't wrapped a single gift that I know of in the twelve yeas we've been married, and probably never before that! I am lucky in that he does a lot of the shopping, so I guess I can't complain too much! Hope you have a wonderful holiday and that next year is the best yet. Looking forward to more fun videos.
    Debbie in S. Florida

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  57. hmmm...I could so relate to many of your comments, Robyn..lol

    I, too, have done some wrapping today...with the Christas music blaring. That helps.

    Merry Christmas.

    deelepage@hotmail.com

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  58. Santa never wrapped our gifts when I was a child. They were always just proudly displayed by our fireplace. Christmas morning, Mom and Dad would set up the camcorder and we were told when we could come out. That always allowed them to catch the moment when we first saw all the gifts that Santa brought. I'm 37 years old now and can still remember the excitement I felt back then.

    Moral of my story: All gifts need not be wrapped but presentation is everything! LOL :o)

    Merry Christmas to you and your family, Robyn!

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  59. Hey, I love that old Christmas music on Pandora. It is the original. :) and my favorite.
    Love your blog!

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  60. Host or join a tag swap in November so when you are tagging your presents in December you have really cute tags to put on them.

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  61. Here's another tip... When wrapping gifts from Santa, only use one kind of wrapping paper... and then don't use that wrapping paper on any gifts from anyone else... Also hide that roll after wrapping with them. Just a trick I learned from my mom growing up! :) Also our stocking stuffers were never wrapped, only the stuff under the tree was.

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  62. Love all the comments, I can certainly relate to all of them. Merry Christmas everyone

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  63. You could always do like my cousins do, hire me. :) I have been wrapping "santas" gifts to their three children for the past 7 years. I don't mind wrapping, and the extra money right before Christmas always helps. All they have to do is buy the gifts and get the kids out the house. :)

    I hope you all have a Merry and Blessed Christmas!

    Kasey

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  64. Good tips! I never wrap stocking stuffers... :/. I have a nifty little hand tape dispenser. VERY nice. I believe it's from Scotch and it's a life saver!

    Hope that helps a bit!

    Mollie
    flwdaylwbrkrd@aim.com

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  65. Robyn I can't believe that I read this post had a chuckle and went on my merry way to wrap my own present when I found out you are soooo right. Extra tape is needed. It's 1:51 a.m. officially Christmas Eve and I just finished wrapping all my presents and I thought ya know Robyn is right why am I doing this on my own. I don't see any cape attached to me. So next year I'm teaching an old dog a new trick wrapping. Thanks for you words of advise!

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  66. lol you are so funny ~ how about put the glass of wine somewhere where you won't knock it over!!!

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  67. Hi Robyn,

    Sending you wishes for a great Christmas for you and your family. Thanks for sharing all the videos and instructions for us; you inspired me to start actually making some cards, ha ha.

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  68. NEVER invite your cat to watch you wrap or she will decide she needs to sprawl across the paper - no matter what other use you had originally intended for it.

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  69. Ok..mine may be a downer, but not meant to be..rough this Christmas, I have a back injury and am being fired from my job (where back injury occurred). The federal government refuses to pay my compensation. They say I can work, and do Patient care, I am unable to drive and do that due to a bunch of narcotics I take. (Yes if you are having surgery in a Federal facility know your Nurse may be jacked up on narcotics.) I need surgery.

    Sooo make sure you tell your beautiful 17 y/o Daughter who helped you make cards, and gifts not to take her allowance that her Grandparents send her and go out to purchase gifts for you and her step-father.

    Even if she did receive a bunch of presents from her Grandparents, and you really only have a few things for her (all of course, practical!), make sure she keeps her money for fun stuff, go out with her friends, be a teenager, enjoy her last year in high school, because you know that 3 years ago she made a wrong turn and ended up in a bad situation with another family member, but decided to come home.

    So, be Happy, Joyous, and Thankful this Christmas that God gave you a wonderful family and is providing for your family. And remember the times when it was crazy when your children were younger, and it was a madhouse, and your middle son was always awake at 3am on Christmas morning, so that when you woke up at 6am, there he was waiting patiently on the couch to be able to awake his older brother and younger sister. :)

    Thanks so much Robyn, for all you do! I have giggled so much at your videos, and posts, that I have forgotten most of the time that life was a bit difficult lately.

    God Bless your Family and wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and Holiday Season!!!!

    Lisa

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  70. Enjoy all the fuss for to soon it is over and only one of our memories.
    This will be the first Christmas that I will spend all alone and wish that I could go back to a house full of faimly, the last minute gift wrapping, the rich smell of goodies beening whiped up and all the love sharded by everyone. The great feeling afterit is all over just sitting and watching all the kids playing with the new toys and enjoying everbody company.
    Have a great Christmas everyone.

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  71. I know this is not the time to say this, but I try to wrap gifts as I purchase them. Just remember where you hid them.
    So true about Dollar Store paper. I liked it when the elementary school sold paper for a fund raiser. That was always really good quality paper.
    Hubby took me shopping last night for my gift. Nothing like having to pick out and wrap my gift from him. I already had bought myself everything that I really wanted (Gypsy, Cricut cartridges), all that was left was a silver chain to put the silver and ruby heart that the dog is giving me for Christmas on. $20 at Walmart.
    Merry Christmas, everyone.

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  72. Your tips are 100% dead on.
    I love to wrap. So I don't mind wrapping things while my hubby tags them.

    My tip, don't stack the wrapped gifts in front of the bathroom door (in my bedroom) becuase some time in the 5 hour wrap-a-thon, you are going to have to go bathroom.

    CristyK

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  73. I always find it helps to have a tape dispenser as it just gets sticky otherwise and if the phone rings in the middle of wrapping ignore it or if you can't finish writing your tag before you answer the call otherwise by the time you get back you can't remember who it was for and have to open it to find out!

    Have a great Christmas.

    Karen X

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  74. Good for you...it only took 14 years to figure it out!! LOL...I think it took longer for me.

    re: #5....ouch!! That's all "they" play is all the songs that were popular when I was a child...I'm ready for something new!!

    New tradition for older children...Gift Bags....you can save them year after year. Our family uses bags as much as possible and there is no backache!!

    Have a wonderful Christmas everyone!!

    Cindy Boney

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  75. You are sooooo right!
    I did all those things too.
    Merry Christmas.

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  76. WRITE A LIST! So at least you know you what you have bought and for who!

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  77. Make sure you put the tag on the gift as soon as you get it wrapped. Nothing like wrapping a few things and then wondering who it goes to. Buy some of the avery stickers and type them up before you wrap. You can make them plain or fancy, use your cricut.

    Karen
    Michigan

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  78. Oh, Robyn. I'm with ya.
    It is not fun wrapping all the gifts. I finish wraping gifts with different color ribbons. Last year I wrapped all of the gifts with same gift wrapping papers and could not tell which for whom. When you do this make sure to treat yourself as well. Sometimes we focus on our family so much we forget to do our own shopping!
    Well, PC is releasing more carts this week, so it wouldn't be the problem.

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  79. I am so in agreement! I only put in unwrapped small gifts/cany in stockings. Then only big gifts too! If some are expensive and then small ones, I put in one big box or gift bag. Good luck changing the mold you are in!! But you can do it.

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  80. I have really enjoy all the comment here. I love all you idea and have taken notes. LOL
    I buy, then wrap, put under tree. I then put family's gift together so I know where everyone gifts are and so I can get to them when it's time to open.
    I love the school's paper the best. Tape I have everywhere.
    Merry Christmas to all....

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  81. take gifts for small kids out of the boxes, put batteries in them and then wrap them. you know they will want to play with them right away and nothing is more frustrating to a toddler than waiting around while you take off the million little twist ties on their toy.

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  82. Great tips Robyn but you know we will just 'forget' next year and do it the same way again LOL!!!

    Thanks for all your hard work and for sharing your talent with everyone!!! And I want you to know that it's an honor to be on the DT with you at Custom Crops!!!

    Have a very Merry Christmas and Happy, Healthy New Year!!!

    Hugs,
    Terry

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  83. As pretty as it may appear never let your daughter make glittered pinecones with yarn hangers for tree ornaments in a house with a cat! Cat climbs up tree, tree crashes over onto floor and it snows glitter in your house! Still finding glitter from this cat-tastrophie several years later!
    Merry Christmas to you and your's Robyn! Keep on dancin'!
    ~Lori

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  84. Since I live in New Mexico and all of our family live in New Jersey, I had to buy gifts early and make sure that they were in the mail on Dec 14th to be sure that they got them in time and they did. It's just me and my hubby and can't forget my 2 cats here so things are easy for me. This is the time of year I wish I was in NJ with our family ~ Maybe next year.
    Have a Wonderful Christmas!

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  85. My tip...label everyone's piles of gifts...you think you are going to remember who's is which pile...but by the time the next day rolls around and you go to label them...ummmmmmmm I forgot!

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  86. All presents from Santa have always been wrapped in red and g reen tissue paper (more children) write their names on them in crayon, my mom did this for 7 children, I did for my 2 and my daughter does for her 3. Much easier and faster as they don't have to be neat, leaving more time for gifts to other people. I also filled stockings as they got older with the special shampoos, conditioners and other pampering items that I normally would not buy for them - filled the socks quickly (wrapped in that familiar tissue paper). It spoils the fun of Christmas if you have to work to hard at this and leaves more time for the things you want to do like be with your family.
    Have a Merry Christmas and a very blessed New Yeat.

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  87. This post was great! Regarding the comment about teaching your husband it is ok - here's a story from a few years ago - I used to wrap everything the night before Christmas Eve (wrapping is one of my favorite parts of the gift giving and I always do it)in our room with music or the tv on. My husband came in and was watching tv ( I am sitting on the floor with a couple cans of soda, all the presents, tape, scissors, and tags around me - and I can't move at all!) After about and hour of watching tv he uses the remote(that is up on the bed out of my reach) and turns off the tv and light that is on his side of the room. He then rolled over to go to sleep. The room was silent and I couldn't do a thing about it -I just sat there and then started laughing.

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  88. I made cloth bags of various sizes a few years back out of Christmas material. I put a drawstring on each one and reuse them every year. No problems wrapping those awkward shapes, or running out of wrapping paper or tape. I also have tiny silver picture frames about 1x2" and use them as tags, adding the name of the recipients. Family and friends know to return the bags each year and some have even returned them the following Christmas with my gift inside.

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  89. At our house Santa always leaves items you might "need" in your stocking like toothpaste, a new toothbrush, deodrant, gum, candy, lottery tickets. Stuff you don't have to wrap. Your post was funny though, reminds me of my mom and how she complains my dad never helps her. lol My husband helps from time to time, but I tend to do most of it on my own. Must be a girl thing! lol

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  90. Don't let your 2 year old son "slip" your last roll of scotch tape into the box that you are mailing to Florida. I looked everywhere for that roll of tape only to get a phone call 2 days later from my MIL telling me that when they unpacked the box they found a roll of scotch tape and some ribbon.

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  91. My Husband loves to wrap gifts. So I let him do all the wrapping this year. The only things I did was his gifts.

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  92. HAHA, you're too funny...but all of your input is true! I was finished with my Christmas shopping in the Summer! I only have one child, so it's really not hard for me...but still! Happy Holidays!

    Terrie B.
    terriennz@att.net

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  93. You are such a hoot! Santa never wrapped gifts at my house though so no stocking stuff had to be wrapped, nor did the "big" gift from Santa. Much easier!

    Laurinda Cricut MB

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  94. My thought is, gifts do not have to be wrapped, a pretty bow and ribbon would work just as nicely and kill less trees and take up less landfill after the holidays. Of course, I think that ever year but every year I am still wrapping gifts. lol

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  95. Dont you know Santa doesnt wrap? my sons are grown and get stockings my daughter-in-laws get stockings and now my grandchildren we have 10 stockings so nooo way does Santa wrap! plus the little kids love to get up and see that one special unwrapped Santa gift under the treee!

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