First Step is Admitting You have a Problem!

Let me start by saying that I love Christmas! I love everything about it; the decorations, the music, the food, spending time with family, the food, buying gifts, honoring Jesus Christ, and did I mention the food! It is the time of the year when people seem to be the “merriest!” However, there is one thing I absolutely cannot stand about Christmas…..wrapping presents! I literally get what I call “Wrapping Rage” when I have to wrap up gifts for people!

To understand my anger towards wrapping presents, there is something that you must understand about me. I am extremely anal about things, or for you politically correct individuals, I’m a little OCD! I am the first one to admit that I have went totally ballistic, in the fetal position, bawling my eyes out over someone not changing the toilet paper roll! Petty I know, but we all have our faults.

Another thing you need to know about me is that I am a Narciss…uh….perfectionist! I am a real life “Monica Gellar” from Friends. I do everything perfectly; cooking, cleaning, teaching, my makeup, my hair, etc.. I also have a tendency to tell others what they are doing wrong, and show them the correct way to do it! My favorite thing to say to people is “If I’m harsh with you it’s because you’re doing it wrong!”

In my eyes, I excel at pretty much everything I do, except one thing-wrapping gifts! I am pretty sure that admitting that you have a problem is the first step in the right direction! Now, when I say I am a terrible gift wrapper, I am not exaggerating! I can’t even put a gift in a gift bag without messing it up! Even perfectly shaped boxes(you know the ones everyone loves to wrap!) cannot be wrapped using these hands. I have actually made my husband twitch at my wrapping skills! With a bewildered look on his face, my husband has said, “I can’t believe someone as OCD as you are, is such a terrible gift wrapper!” Hardy Har-har!

Well, I finally figured out why my “mad wrapping skills” are not up to par. I am convinced that my brain cannot be bothered with perfecting the art of gift wrapping. I mean what is the point? If it is going to get ripped into a million pieces, then thrown away, why bother? I need to point out that I am not one of these people who tries to get the paper off of my gift without ripping it either. I tear that baby up, and make sure it is not reusable….on purpose! It makes my skin crawl to think that someone is actually saving already used wrapping paper. It’s trash!

My husband and I have wrapped gifts together before. I have watched him take 20-30 minutes wrapping one gift. In the meantime, I have wrapped about ten gifts; uneven, back of the paper showing, completely water proof because of all the tape I used on them. I just want to get it done and over with, so I won’t dwell on the fact that it will be at the garbage dump after Christmas. Don’t get me wrong I have taken my time wrapping before, and it looks even worse, if that’s possible! That is why I am convinced that my skills, or lack thereof, are based on the fact that this paper is going to be ripped up and thrown away! I guess I am just a challenged wrapper, that suffers from fits of wrapping rage, that can lead to episodes of denial and Scotch tape overuse!



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