Wrapping Presents Twice

Posted on December 5, 2008 by pacificyorkshirebird

avt_kapyork_large115I didn’t quite make it home for Thanksgiving and I’m spending Christmas in England this year.   But I’m home right now for my dad’s 60th birthday.  Yay!  It is lots of fun to be here and it was even better to surprise him completely with our visit!  But I have one teeny weeny little thing to complain about.  Every Christmas we haul over a set of presents from one side of the pond to the other.  Then, we must wrap them and make them look pretty and make sure we put the right name on the right gift.  Afterall, none of these gifts were bought by us, they were bought by my family or Mr. Charismatic’s family for us to deliver to the other family.  And of course we must lie to the security officers when they asked whether anyone gave us anything to bring with us. 

Then, we receive an entire second set of gifts to take back with us and wrap again - sometimes even heavier and more bulky than the last set!  (or maybe we just blame the gifts but really we bought too much stuff during our vacation). 

I think Christmas is wonderful and I’m especially happy that our families like each other so much that they want to exchange gifts.  I just feel bad for Mr. Charismatic who ends up doing most of it because he’s the organised one.  Maybe next year I ought to arrange a Secret Santa.

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  1. yankeebean December 6, 2008 at 11:10 am

    This is hard to deal with! Especially with people cracking down on the baggage limits and stuff.

    And when people ‘ask me’ if I’ll bring something back, it’s really more like they’re informing me that I’ll be bringing something back… sigh…

  2. notfromaroundhere December 5, 2008 at 10:42 pm

    Wow, I’ve given up completely on transportation of gifts. I use my US credit card to buy gifts for Americans and my UK one over here, and avoid the transportation thing as much as possible! You’re clearly very dedicated, or I’m very lazy!

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