the pile that awaits

No. I have not wrapped one single thing yet.

But I’m ready to get started. I’ve got 8 rolls of Christmas paper and 2 rolls of scotch tape.

And I’m well-caffeinated.

Growing up, my dad always knocked on my bedroom door on Christmas Eve – shopping bags in hand – and asked me to wrap my mom’s presents. Not sure if I was chosen because I was least likely to say no, or if I was most skilled. As the youngest, I’m guessing it was the former.

But it instilled in me a real joy in wrapping gifts. Each preset represents something special that was chosen specifically for a loved one. And these bags, parcels and boxes are full of ’em.

And that makes me giddy… because I can just imagine all the joy that will come on Christmas morning.

Of course, a backache and some paper cuts later, I might not be so excited about all this wrapping.

But for now, I can’t wait.



  1. It is SO much fun isnt it!

  2. I LOVE wrapping gifts! Just finished Miss K’s with a lot of help from Mr. Caffeine! lol!
    By the way…that new Wild Olive shirt? Spirit of the Fruit? OMG!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!!

    Have a beautiful, fun & blessed Christmas, Stefanie!

  3. Andy and I just wrapped our FIRST Lucy present last night when she went to bed. We looked at each other, mid-taping, and just smiled. And there may have been a kiss involved :) Have fun and I’d love to hear how long it took you!

  4. As I’ve done for as long as I’ve had kiddos (20+ years), I have the North Pole set up at my grandparents’ house. I went over Wednesday night to sort everything into piles for each child…& then woke up during the night sick. We have confirmed influenza A in 4 of us. Ugh. :( I absolutely love wrapping the kids’ presents, but I’m afraid I’m going to have to call in the troops (read: My mom).

  5. I used to dread wrapping presents… but somewhere along the way, I finally figured out that the greatest present we’ve ever been given was wrapped… Luke 2:6-7 “While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She WRAPPED him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.”

    • Beautifully said, Julie! So much JOY in that gift – if we truly experience THAT joy, it will absolutely overflow into everything… even wrapping earthly gifts :)

  6. Love it! I had a ” I know whatcha mean” moment because my dad did the same thing! Always on Christmas Eve! And I love to wrap too. And I have nothing wrapped either. And…I’m well caffeinated… :-)

    Hope you have the most blessed Christmas!


  7. I have NO love for wrapping. None. But I am lucky to have some older kiddos that do! So I enlist their help 2-3 times before the big day. Thus I’m most all wrapped up at this point. Lucky mama!

  8. My question is when do you have time to go shopping? I obviously need to talk to you about time management.

  9. I’m kinda happy to see I’m not the only one that hasn’t wrapped one thing. My wrapping plans got delayed by 2 snow days so my kids have been home. I also love to wrap.

    Have wonderful Christmas Stefanie!!


  10. I’d rather have bamboo skewers under my fingernails than wrap BUT with 7 kiddos in the house, wrapping must happen. I do it as I buy, doesn’t seem as painful. I certainly hope you have a wonderful Christmas Stefanie!!!

  11. What fun! I tackled some earlier today and need to work on more. Hope today was a great day of wrapping fun for you!

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