Those that know me well know I love a bit of a Martha Stewart holiday. I like all my presents wrapped in the same paper, my tree decorated in a particular color scheme, and I have pretty strict guidelines on this. So much so that one year, I wrapped all of our gifts in this silver paper with white stars and tied green Pottery Barn twill tape onto each. It was the year after we got married, and we had that twill tape coming out the wahoo (didn’t help that as a joke, a friend wrapped up a spool of it for us; he worked there). I loved that silver paper. Ryan’s first holiday was entirely wrapped in that paper, and the pictures of the aftermath are some of my favorites.
It was bound to happen. I’d had this SAME ROLL of paper for at least 6 years (yay for Costco wrapping paper). I used it, like I said, for everything. For years. It was even generic enough that I wrapped a few wedding gifts in it. I’m not sure what to do now. I feel a little at a loss…do I buy a new roll of paper to define family holidays for the next 5 years? Or is it time to give up that ideal of the “perfect” holiday and just take it as it comes? Is this a good excuse to look for holiday fabric and make reusable bags for gifts?
And in a way, finishing this roll of wrapping paper signifies the end of a few different eras for our family. Michael and I both turned 30 in 2009, saying goodbye (hopefully) to the stupidity and recklessness of our twenties. 2010 will mark the arrival of our second child, and possibly a move into an actual home (one separate from our neighbors). I feel like we’ve let go of a lot in the last year: things, cars, baggage. And it’s helped us to clear the way to move forward.
(And for the record, due to pregnancy hormones being in FULL GEAR, I’m crying as I type this. Yes, I’m admitting to crying over wrapping paper. I know it’s a metaphor and all that, but geez.)