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Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Stuff Your Stocking Blogfest: Pauline Baird Jones
I wrap presents like a—was going to say a five year old, but I think they are actually better at it than I am. When I shop for gift-wrapping stuff, I usually I end up with package of bows that doesn’t match any of the paper I bought. It’s a gift. Even my gift bags look more like bags than gifts.
My grandmother was a pro gift wrapper. (And un-wrapper, actually, but that’s another blog.) Paper, gift tags and contents were chosen with personal quirks in mind. They were as fun to look at, as they were to open.
Now that I’m old as dirt, (hey, I remember what it was like to cut a Christmas tree in the wilds of Wyoming) I finally understand that being “good” at Christmas can mean different things at different times in your life.
And I can see that the real gift, the true thing that my mom and my grandma excelled at was showing us love. Everything they did told us they loved us. No matter what holiday you celebrate—or don’t celebrate—you can show love to those around you. And it doesn’t have to come packages as “perfect.”
I hope, when my kids are old as dirt that they’ll know they were loved, even if the gifts will always look a little odd and the Christmas tree looks better in the dark.
May your holidays be filled with love and may 2012 be a most happy new year for everyone!
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