Well! This year took forever to get finished.
That’s what I think – but my mum says it whooshed passed so fast that her head is reeling and she cannot believe it is finished already. She’s muttering ridiculous things like she wishes she could cancel Christmas. Did you ever?
I’ve heard that the older you get the faster time goes. Seems silly to me – it should go fast when you are young and impatient and then slow down a bit when you have less time left.
I’ve started making some of my Christmas pressies – sneakily – because I don’t want Mum and Dad to see what I’m making them.
Then I started thinking about gift wrapping.
Sjoe! Wrapping paper is rather expensive when you don’t have lots of money. Seems a huge waste to spend money on something that is just going to get ripped off and thrown away – or hopefully – recycled.
Decided I’m going to get creative with wrapping paper too.
If it’s a small gift you can use a pretty picture from a magazine. You better check with your parentals first before you start chopping up a magazine.
You can also use newspaper – the comic sections are very cool. Spice it up with paint, glitter or interesting stuff from the garden. Use your imagination and get creative. You can also wrap up a very small present in a lot of newspaper (a bit like pass the parcel) and have fun watching the person unwrap it.
One of my friends has a nice system going. She wraps up a present for her sister in a pretty piece of material – it started out as a scarf but then it got too tatty to wear. Then her sister wraps up my friend’s present the next year in the same material. They have used the same material for birthdays and Christmas for years, but they would always wrap it up differently and add interesting touches. I thought that was an awesome idea.
Of course you could also use old cereal boxes or other containers that would usually get thrown away or recycled. The inside of a toilet roll also makes a brilliant container – you can make the present look like a cracker!
Don’t forget to recycle or reuse all the wrappings once the presents have been opened.
Have a fabulous festive season everybody!
See you in 2017!