Christmas Bonding Time (or a Kick in the Head)

In years past, I’ve held solitary gift wrapping marathons on Christmas Eve night when everyone else is asleep. Surrounded by wrapping paper, cats, a dog, and drinking copious amounts of hot chocolate, coffee, or Baileys (depending on my mood), while quietly listening to Christmas tunes, I would wrap and wrap and wrap like I was a demented cute little elf applying for the Head Elf job at Santa’s North Pole.

Well this year, since the kids are older and sneaking peeks into presents is no longer an issue (I think…), and the whole “Santa secret” has long been out of the bag, and more importantly, I suddenly found myself with some spare time…a unique dilemma I don’t often face, I decided to wrap presents a little early. It goes without saying that it was still somewhat of a chaotic undertaking.

My 23-year old son joined me for this manic tradition. Jake was impressed with my mad gift wrapping skills….I mean, my corners on those presents are tight!

Thinking I was clever, I mentioned his age and then bragged to him that of course I’m good at it because I’ve been enjoying this Christmas custom for at least 23 years. It took about 10 seconds for those words to leave my mouth before it hit me. I’ve been doing this for 23 years. And just like that…. I’m old. Damn.


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22 thoughts on “Christmas Bonding Time (or a Kick in the Head)

  1. You must be at least 20 years younger than me. Everybody is as old as they feel in their heart. I personally don’t feel old at all. Not all pictures come out nice, but that’s just how it is. Love gift wrapping, but only in moderation, I wouldn’t last for a marathon. Merry Christmas!

  2. “Old” is such a relative and judgmental term – I prefer “experienced,” “seasoned” (as in “it’s my 23rd Christmas season!”), or “veteran.”

    I spent decades being up until about 3AM wrapping presents every single year – actually got them done on Christmas Eve morning this year. There may be hope for me yet.

    • That’s me too! Christmas Eve night was always spent in a mad rush to get them done before Christmas morning rolled around. This year, I was a day early, first time in forever. Who knows, maybe next year I’ll do even better. 😀

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