Jan 1, 2008

Wrapping Presents is Fun!

One of my Dad's temporary jobs in the Great Depression of the 1930s was to wrap Christmas presents for Montgomery Ward. Dad was never especially artistic or neat, so I've often wondered how his job performance was rated.

I was reminded of my Dad at Christmas time when one of our daughters brought out the Christmas presents to open at our family gathering. She has figured out how to efficiently wrap a lot of presents for Christmas, have a lot of fun doing it, and teach her children a skill.

Each child took turns wrapping presents for some of the other children. Even the littlest kids helped put paper around the gifts and tape them up. No one got tired, no one got exasperated, and every child excitedly asked for more and more presents to wrap. Our daughter said her children actually had more fun wrapping presents than unwrapping them!

Take a look at the "character" and the "personal touch" associated with the special style of a small child who has been asked to wrap a sibling's present. Do you think they'll eventually get good enough to wrap presents for Macy's, Kohl's, J.C. Penney's, or Target?

1 comment:

Alison said...

I remembering going to a birthday party in third grade where we wrapped little presents and then played games for them. We even made the wrapping paper. I got a yo-yo. I always thought that mom was so clever. I did go on to have a job when I was in college wrapping presents over a Christmas break at Montgomery Wards. It was so fun and they give you two sided tape and all kinds of cool tricks to make spectacular looking presents. Your dad probably came out ok. Personally, I can't think of a single male who I'd even attempt hiring for a job like that. On the other hand, my husband and I have the same degree but I just ask him to take out more life insurance because I could never do the job he does as successfully as he does it.