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Holiday Gifts

I have written many times about my distaste for so many aspects of various holidays, from the decorating to the stress to the retail store overload, to, well, all kinds of things. In fact, the last post I wrote on the topic was less than two weeks ago.

That said, when both of my sons, my sister, and my husband all chipped in tonight to help wrap holiday gifts for the friends and family members we’ll be seeing later this week for Thanksgiving, my ice-cold holiday heart melted just a little bit.

I’m not sure if it was when we were giving the boys a hard time about leaving about five feet of unneeded wrapping paper on the gifts (they just folded it all over so it looked neater), when J was laughing at D for not being able to “work the tape roll properly”, when we were making fun of the dramatic, soap-opera-like ring tone on Julesie’s new phone, when J was wrapping my dad’s gift in a box inside of another box inside of another box, or just the hour of laughter in general as we were all working towards the same goal. Whatever it was, I was smiling huge.

THIS part of the holidays? I’ll take it, any day of the week.

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  • As Cape Cod Turns November 21, 2011, 4:58 am

    Wish I could have been there with you! I love wrapping and laughing!

    • Melisa November 22, 2011, 6:05 am

      I wish you could have been here too!

  • Heather November 21, 2011, 7:18 am

    Wrapping gifts has to be one of my favorite parts ot he holidays- music playing softly and just designing every little package for the person who is getting it πŸ™‚ Sounds like you guys had a GOOD day!

    • Melisa November 22, 2011, 6:05 am

      I like wrapping gifts, but I do prefer doing it with help. Otherwise it seems to take absolutely forever!

  • Ally Bean November 21, 2011, 8:03 am

    I’m with you on this “holidays are overdone” idea. I love the original meaning of all of them, but think that people don’t focus on those meanings– which makes me crazy. It’s all about forced frivolity and faux friendship. Not my idea of fun.

    • Melisa November 22, 2011, 6:03 am

      I’d rather not do it at all if it’s going to be fake.

  • Tara R. November 21, 2011, 8:33 am

    This is how holidays should be celebrated… with loved ones, having fun and laughing.

    • Melisa November 22, 2011, 6:03 am

      Agree 100%!

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