Saturday, December 19, 2009

Christmas Wrapping

I enjoy the song Christmas Wrapping by The Waitresses. But that's just a little factoid here, not the real reason you're here. You're here to find out what I've taken ALL DAY to accomplish. I got up, ate breakfast and then trucked myself over yonder to Target to get a few things I needed. I made a list and I made it quick. Then I came home and prepared to wrap gifts.

It started with a plan. I made a fire in the fireplace. Later on I went out to the backyard to fetch some more firewood because this project took far longer than I anticipated. I wanted to listen to a radio program from 1937 called The Cinnamon Bear. Here's what Wikipedia says: The story focused on Judy and Jimmy Barton who go to the enchanted world of Maybeland to recover their missing Silver Star that belongs on their Christmas tree. Helping on the search is the Cinnamon Bear, a stuffed bear with shoe-button eyes and a green scarf. They meet other memorable characters during their quest, including the Crazy Quilt Dragon (who repeatedly tries to take the star for himself) , the Wintergreen Witch, Fe Fo the Giant and Santa Claus.
Paddy is a bear with an Irish accent and way of speaking. He says "Bless my stuffings" a lot and he takes the kids to find the lost silver star that should go on the top of their Christmas tree. They meet pirates who feed them candy, including superior fudge. The meet cowboys with a dry cleaning machine and are almost executed by the Inkaboos, which are blotting papers who are angry with the trio for standing on a boundary line in their shoes.

I was surrounded by assistants the entire day. If you look carefully at the inch of ribbon above my thumb, you will see the cat spit. Oh yes, the fine feline festivities. Everyone was enraptured with the ribbons.

It's a gift for a friend. Look and see the tooth marks in the ribbon. Yes, you know you've gotten a gift from the kitties! I took this photo right away. It has been molested even more and looks it. But it won the battle.

All the gifts will win the battle because now that they're wrapped, they're locked in the guest bedroom. And of course now that I have them wrapped, I know what I'm missing. I don't have any time left to shop, Amazon is not whipping three gifts to me with any sort of speed and I have two gifts not only not bought, but they are both for teenagers. I haven't the slightest idea what to get. But that's it. I'm done for today and I can't believe it took all day long to wrap so few presents, but I took my time and ran to Walgreens for more paper. I sat by the fire and listened to an old radio show that used to be a habit of mine for years when I lived in Chicago and a radio station played the show in installments for the Saturdays before Christmas. It was a nice day.
I hope you had a good Saturday.


UrbanIdeas said...

Sounds as if you ended up having a great day all in all. Ideas for teenagers... do they have iPos? if so you will never go wrong with iTunes cards!

Anonymous said...

Sounds wonderful!! I would love to hear that radio program (nothing like sparking your imagination!). Ideas for teens - how about a couple of funky scarves and nail polish to go with the colors (Walgreens has some GREAT colors for around $2 each). Of course, if they're guys, you might want to get only CLEAR polish. ;o)

You can also get gift cards to the movies (and Walgreens should have those too). I did something like that for the two teen girls I did "Sack It For Santa" put on by a local TV station. I also got them Christmas candy, gloves to match their scarves (I knitted those), puzzle books and a cool pencil, fuzzy socks, a card game apiece - you know, stuff like that.

Anonymous said...

Oh. And cat spit. The glue that holds it all together.

Rambling Woods said...

The cats do love wrapping day..They will eat the ribbon if I am not careful and one of them loves to eat tape...cats are strange.....It looks like you had a very seasonal day... Michelle

Stine in Ontario said...

I suspect you are closer to being ready for Christmas than most people. And I think you may be enjoying it more too. :)

I've never heard of the Cinnamon Bear! I think I need to check this radio story out.

dsmcaron said...

Thanks for all the comments. I realize I typed it wrong and said I had bought the gifts for the teens...sort of. Anyway, I got that done and Amazon was delivered literally as we were walking out the door!

A cat eating tape. wow. That sounds tasty. And get thee all of you to the Cinnamon Bear. It's sweet, innocent and fun.