Blogmas Days 12 and 13: A Christmas Tradition and Wrapping Paper vs. Gift Bags

Hello all!

Oops, I did it again…..

Yet another catch-up post today but this one is only two days so that’s an improvement, right?

Day 12: A Christmas Tradition

One of my favourite Christmas traditions is spending Christmas Eve day with my dad’s side of the family and after dinner, we all gather in the living room to watch “How The Grinch Stole Christmas” (the original cartoon version).

We have done this since I can remember. Christmas Eve was always spent at my Oma and Opa’s house with everyone on my dad’s side of the family. We would head over at 2:00 in the afternoon and stay until 9:00, eating. talking, laughing. Between dinner and dessert, we would always watch the cartoon “How The Grinch Stole Christmas” film. It’s a favourite on my dad’s side of the family (evidently) and we still uphold that tradition. In fact, we have already discussed it for our Christmas Eve plans this year.

This tradition is simple and may seem kind of silly, but it holds some of the best Christmas memories for me and I am grateful to be able to continue this on as an adult and still feel the same joy I did as a little girl.

Day 13: Wrapping Paper vs. Gift Bags

If you have ever received a gift that has been wrapped in wrapping paper from me then you will understand why I almost always use gift bags. I am terrible at wrapping gifts. No matter how hard I concentrate, how careful I try to be, I cannot manage to properly wrap a gift. I have even measured the paper and the dimensions of the box to make sure I will have even, smooth folds with minimal overlap so the paper won’t get overly crinkled… but at the end of it all, it still looks like I let a 3 year-old wrap my gifts. Does that stop me? Not always. In fact, I used wrapping paper for a lot of gifts this year.

My grandmother is the absolute best at wrapping gifts. Her gifts always look so perfect and pretty. I don’t know how she does it and I have to be honest, I am quite jealous. If she can avoid it, she will not use gift bags. If she can box and wrap the gift with wrapping paper she will do it, no questions asked. She thinks that wrapping adds more of a personal touch, which I can agree with. However, I do love the convenience of using a pretty gift bag and wrapping paper.

If I had to choose purely for convenience, I would choose gift bags over wrapping paper. It is much easier to put your gifts in a pretty bag and top it off with tissue paper than to use wrapping paper (especially if you are terrible at wrapping gifts like I am).

At the end of the day, I am sure that the person you are giving the gift(s) to will not be concerned with the packaging. They will appreciate the gesture and the thought regardless of how badly wrapped it may be. I know from first-hand experience.

I hope you enjoyed today’s Blogmas post!

What are some of your favourite Christmas traditions? Where do you stand in the wrapping paper vs. gift bag debate? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Thanks for reading,


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