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Some Quick Post-Black Friday Gift Wrapping Tips

I hope everyone had a productive Black Friday shopping experience. At the very least, it should’ve helped burn off some of those lingering Thanksgiving calories. I think my experience was successful. I’ve got pretty much everything I need now. I can safely say my Christmas shopping for 2021 is done. Now, I can spend the rest of December enjoying the holiday festivities.

However, just finishing your shopping isn’t the end of it. You still have to wrap these presents. When you buy as many gifts as I do, that can easily take up an entire afternoon. It can be tedious for some, but I honestly enjoy it. I love wrapping presents as much as I love giving them.

Some take the easy way. They just put the gifts in bags or put bows on the boxes. I think that’s just lazy and not in the spirit of the season. I’m of the opinion that the way you present a gift is a reflection of the love and dedication you have to those you love. For my family, I definitely want to go the extra mile.

That said, wrapping presents can be difficult. I used to be pretty sloppy at it, even though I enjoyed it. Thankfully, there are helpful tools you can buy to make it easier. Also, there are YouTube videos out there that offer helpful tips that make the whole process so much easier. You may even feel foolish when you see that there are ways to make your gift wrapping look downright professional.

Here is one video that I found to be incredibly helpful from the channel, But First, Coffee.

Also, there’s this helpful video from HGTV Handmade that offers some similar advice. It also has an extra tip for wrapping presents that are oddly shaped and don’t easily fit in boxes, which happens a lot when you shop for kids.

I hope these help the gift-wrapping process. If nothing else, I hope it makes it less frustrating. Gift wrapping can be tedious for some, but none-the-less rewarding. The care you put into presenting a gift helps reflect how much heart you put into it. For the ones you love, that just makes the holidays all the more special.

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Merry Christmas And A Special Message (of Hope) for 2020

Merry Christmas, everyone!

I know it’s 2020 and the holiday have been deeply affected by the overall awfulness of this past year, but it’s still here. It’s still something worth celebrating. So, in the name of sharing some special holiday cheer for such a uniquely awful year, I made this video to boost everyone’s spirit on this very special day. Enjoy!

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Christmas Eve: Sentiments And Reflections

It’s Christmas Eve.

All the holiday planning and preparation is about to come together, as it does every year on one glorious day.

When the year began, we probably had a good idea of how Christmas was going to look this year. We probably had a general idea of how the year would look in general.

Then, a once-in-a-generation pandemic struck and all those ideas collapsed.

However, I don’t want to spend Christmas Eve lamenting on how bad this year has gone. I’ve already done plenty of that. Instead, I want offer some insight and hope.

Yes, Christmas this year is bound to be different, but the spirit and sentiments of the season aren’t completely muted. Even a pandemic can’t stop that.

Like so many other things this year, we just have to adapt. That may mean less travel, less parties, and even less presents for those who are enduring serious economic hardship. It’s sad and disappointing, but that doesn’t have to ruin Christmas. It just means we’ll have to do things differently.

For me, personally, that involves relying heavily on video chatting and Zoom meetings to connect with family. We can’t have the usual extended get-togethers, which often start on Christmas Eve and go on days after Christmas. It also means a less elaborate Christmas dinner.

At the same time, I’m not letting it dampen my holiday spirit. I’ve already made the effort to share that spirit from afar. Last week, I took many of the presents I’d previously wrapped and mailed them out to various family members who couldn’t travel. I ended up having to send multiple large boxes, which held up a long line at the UPS store.

To those people, I apologize. I promise it was for a good cause.

I already confirmed that many of those packages arrived. I intend to be with them via Zoom as they’re opened. I also intend to do the same while I open their presents. Granted, it’s not the same as being there with them, but it’s better than nothing. We’ll still be together in the ways that matter.

It’ll still be difficult. I know some relatives would much rather get together, join the family, and share in each others’ company for the holidays. It’s just not possible this year. I keep encouraging them to make up for it next year. However, we have to get through this one first. We can make that process easier by simply making the most of what we have now.

I encourage everyone to keep that perspective in mind as they celebrate the holidays. The world will heal. This pandemic will end. Those are hopes for tomorrow.

Today, it’s Christmas Eve.

Let’s cherish what we still have before we move forward with what lies ahead.

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