Pressure Busting Tip #12
Gosh, I hate to throw St. Patsy under the Holiday Bus again, but darn it,
It's easy to get flustered when you leave stuff to the last minute, and when you simply don't have your collective shit together. Now that the boys are gone, I use part of their former room upstairs as Christmas Central. (At the risk of sounding like Martha Perfect,) I set up a card table to wrap gifts on, have all the necessary supplies there like rolls of wrapping paper, tape, pens, tags, empty gift boxes, and tissue paper. I pulled over a strong floor lamp so that the lighting is good. Nearby, folded and ready, is a huge old tablecloth. I find Pressure Busting Tip #12 a real relaxing and enjoyable and time-saving one. Establish and stock a place for wrapping gifts, then wrap as you go. Easy, I know, when I'm retired. But even if you can't wrap them right away, you can put the item in a gift box, write the recipient's name on the outside of the box, stash it under the table, and spread the old tablecloth over. It will hang down and cover up the boxes until you have a minute to wrap a few. Sometimes I get in a groove and wrap everything; sometimes I get bored and wrap one or two. Sometimes Certain Cats make it impossible for me to wrap efficiently, and I have to just use gift bags. (Which are, by the way, The Best Things Ever. They are so easy to use, and come in such cute and clever designs. I'm a big fan.) Another great thing about gift bags: no tape required.