Wrapping Gifts For Christmas Eve

#WorldWatercolorGroup Day 23 - Wrapping Gifts For Christmas - Doodlewash

This is the final day of my countdown to Christmas Eve, and in just 24 hours Philippe I will begin opening presents! For today’s prompt, however, we have just a single little gift and some scissors. When I was a kid, we wouldn’t get our presents until Christmas Day, but his tradition is to give them out the evening before. Since this meant getting them a bit early, I was happy to adopt his tradition as my own so long as we still got stockings on Christmas morning. This, along with blueberry muffins as that’s what my mother always made. What I didn’t discover until after making this agreement is that he doesn’t want to even see any of the wrapped gifts until the final moment.  I’ve begged for a compromise and asked that some be placed under the tree today so it doesn’t look so barren. He looked at me and smiled in that way he has that implies neither agreement nor argument. A sort of “that’s adorable” look that doesn’t usually deliver any results at all. Without asking, I snuck the present that he’s getting from Phineas under the tree figuring, if nothing else, he wouldn’t be able to argue with the dog.

I wrapped most of Philippe’s gifts this afternoon and confirmed again my complete lack of patience for the sport of gift concealment. I start with good intentions, but get immediately bored and start cutting and bending the paper like a madman in hopes the gift will disappear already. Once the poor package has been throttled into submission, often loosely clothed in wrinkled wrapping paper, I move on to the second step. This one is very important as it involved bits of ribbon and bows that can hopefully revive the gift and make it look presentable. The issue is, I’ve never learned to use ribbon properly and so I sort of tape it on where I think it should go, like I’m painting it in, hiding the majority of the tape on the bottom and to one side. This leaves a perfectly respectable side that looks quite passable under the tree. When it comes time to open gifts, we select and bring the gift to the other person. I carefully present my gift’s good side to Philippe and it’s ripped open before he has time to fully notice my ruse. At least that’s how it plays out in my imagination. In reality, I get a “that’s adorable” expression again.

But as long as the gift arrives properly hidden, the evening is ready to commence. It’s a fabulous night of surprises that makes it my absolute favorite of the year. And thankfully, if Philippe has a “practical” gift he usually sneaks that into my stocking the following day. Like the year that next to the handful of Belgian chocolates and Pez dispensers I found a little wrapped gift I thought was a fountain pen. I gave him a sly glance and excitedly began to open it only to discover a nose and ear hair trimmer. Being reminded of your actual age when you’re fully lost in the delusion of pretending to be a child is a bit like suffering whiplash. But, in the end, all gifts are given with love, and each is special, if for wildly different reasons. So, tomorrow, I’ll attack the last remaining little presents with my questionable style, cursing to myself along the way, still deliriously happy. With each bit of poorly placed tape, I’m reminded that this moment is special, and it will be a full year before I’ll enjoy my bumbling version of dressing boxes in holiday drag, with my earnest and heartfelt imitation of wrapping gifts for Christmas Eve.

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 #WorldWatercolorGroup Day 23 - Wrapping Gifts For Christmas - Doodlewash
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53 Comments
  1. Sharon Nolfi 11 months ago

    LOL! I love Philippe’s idea of a practical present. Have fun with your wrapping, unwrapping, and sharing. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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      Charlie O'Shields 11 months ago

      hehe! Yeah, we’ll see what practical gift I get this year! Thanks so much, Sharon! Merry Christmas to you and yours! 😃💕

  2. Rod Fletcher 11 months ago

    Enjoy your evening tomorrow.

  3. Pamela Smith 11 months ago

    Well this package is looking very well wrapped…Enjoy the fun of giving and receiving.

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      Charlie O'Shields 11 months ago

      Thanks so much, Pamela! 😃💕 I can wrap much better in painted form! lol

  4. Sandra Strait 11 months ago

    Now I have a vision of you coming from the room after wrapping present with tape in your hair and bits of wrapping paper floating about from your fight with wrapping. I’m sure you earn Philippe’s ‘that’s adorable’ looks, lol. As always, your painting is fantastic and shiny – both in the metallic and ‘Firefly’ meanings!

    • Jennifer McLean 11 months ago

      Hehehe, great visual. I bet it isn’t too far off, Sandra. It sounds like Charlie spends some time “in the wars” when he’s wrapping. ;o) It’s just good that he still enjoys it!

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      Charlie O'Shields 11 months ago

      Thanks so much, Sandra!! 😃💕 hehe… yeah, I usually have bits of tape on me and am covered in glitter. Festive!!

  5. June Hadaway 11 months ago

    Oh, your story is just too funny. I am absolutely sure you will all have a glorius Christmas day. Your painted package is so
    Shiny and pretty. Love the addition of the scissors.

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      Charlie O'Shields 11 months ago

      Thanks so much, June! 😃💕 hehe… it’s going to be a wonderful weekend. Hope yours is as well my friend!

  6. Fantine Ponter 11 months ago

    Always thoroughly enjoy your posts and paintings! Have a very Merry Christmas! Happy New Year to you and yours!

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      Charlie O'Shields 11 months ago

      Aww thanks so much, Fantine! 😃💕 A very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours!

  7. Lisa 11 months ago

    And this, my friend, is why they invented gift bags! I have a whole collection of bags for every occasion! Happy Holidays!!

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      Charlie O'Shields 11 months ago

      Thanks, Lisa! 😃💕 Happy Holidays! hehe… yeah, I sometimes go the gift bag route, but we didn’t have any this year so I had to struggle through! lol

  8. Mary Roff 11 months ago

    Wonderful painting….Love the bow. Your story had me in stitches!!! Merry Christmas, Charlie.

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      Charlie O'Shields 11 months ago

      Thanks so much, Mary!! 😃💕 Hope you have a very Merry Christmas!

  9. Laura Hale 11 months ago

    There’s a lot to be said for gift bags, but there’s more of the traditional in wrapping. Lovely doodlewash! May you, Philippe and Phineas have a very Merry Christmas.

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      Charlie O'Shields 11 months ago

      Thanks so much, Laura! 😃💕 A very Merry Christmas to you and yours! Yeah, I love wrapped gifts, even my wonky ones! hehe

  10. Jill Kuhn 11 months ago

    Merry Christmas, Charlie! 🎁 I try to wrap at least one gift with gift wrap but then I take the lazy way and put gifts in gift bags. One year, I got super creative and hid clues and gifts around the house like a scavenger hunt… I had so much fun! Wish you a day of happy surprises, my friend! 😍🎄✨

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      Charlie O'Shields 11 months ago

      Thanks, Jill! 😃💕 Hope you have a fantastic Christmas my friend! And yay to a scavenger hunt… that sounds like a blast!!! FUN!

  11. Merry Christmas Charlie!

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      Charlie O'Shields 11 months ago

      Thanks, Eileen! 😃💕 A very Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  12. Linda 11 months ago

    Thanks Charlie for all your wonderful stories and paintings! You have such a wonderful outlook on life. Enjoy each moment that you can. Have a Merry Christmas and hope you get everything you wish for! 😊🎄

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      Charlie O'Shields 11 months ago

      Thanks so much, Linda! 😃💕 Hope you have a fantastic Christmas as well!

  13. Susan Cuss 11 months ago

    That’s an impressive looking present. All glittery and a shiny good surprise! The magic will begin soon! Enjoy.

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      Charlie O'Shields 11 months ago

      Thanks, Susan!! 😃💕 Eeeek! I can’t wait!! I’m counting down the hours!!

  14. Jennifer McLean 11 months ago

    Hehehe, I love that, dressing boxes in holiday drag. You’re getting expert at PAINTING wrapping and bows so I think that counts. ;o)

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      Charlie O'Shields 11 months ago

      Thanks, Jennifer!! 😃💕 hehe… yeah… that should totally count for something, right?? lol

  15. Mia Archambeault 11 months ago

    Happy Holidays!

  16. Another beautiful painting, Charlie! I can sense all your LOVE for Christmas, Philippe, Phineas and for the rest of this world, all packed and wrapped in this one painting. I hope I will manage to find the best way to pack our love and light, and send them back to you and your family! Merry Christmas!

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      Charlie O'Shields 11 months ago

      Aww that’s so sweet of you, Violeta!😃💕 What a beautiful wish! Thanks so much my friend and I hope you and your family have an amazing Christmas!!

  17. Kaye Boggs 11 months ago

    Maybe you cannot wrap a perfect package . . .but you certainly are good at drawing and painting one. I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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      Charlie O'Shields 11 months ago

      Yay! There’s something at least! hehe Thanks so much, Kaye! 😃💕 A very Merry Christmas and fantastic New Year to you and yours!

  18. Thomas Blanchard 11 months ago

    Enjoy your Christmas Charlie!

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      Charlie O'Shields 11 months ago

      Thanks so much, Tom! 😃💕 I can’t WAIT! hehe….. hope you’re having a wonderful month my friend!

  19. louiseaprimeau 11 months ago

    Merry Christmas Charlie! I always enjoy reading your posts even though I don’t comment regularly.

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      Charlie O'Shields 11 months ago

      Aww thanks, Louise! I’m so happy to know that! 😃💕 Hope you have a very Merry Christmas!

  20. Susan Feniak 11 months ago

    Thank you for the smiles. Merry Christmas to you Charlie and of course Philippe. ❤🥂🎄

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      Charlie O'Shields 11 months ago

      Glad I made ya smile! Thanks, Susan! 😃💕 Hope you and yours have a wonderful Christmas!

  21. shruti502 11 months ago

    I wish you all Merry Christmas!

  22. itsmyhusbandandme 11 months ago

    Have fun unwrapping! Happy Christmas.
    JP x

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      Charlie O'Shields 11 months ago

      Thanks JP! 😃💕 hehe… I can’t WAIT! So soon now…. it’s really too much! Hope you have a very Happy Christmas!

  23. Lori Franks 11 months ago

    Merry Christmas Charlie! This is funny but I like your scissors! They look like mine… 🙂

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      Charlie O'Shields 11 months ago

      hehe! Thanks so much, Lori! 😃💕 I’m so thrilled you recognized them! Scissors are tough to sketch!

  24. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 11 months ago

    You’re outdoing yourself with this month’s posts, Charlie. So much thought into wrapping presents and writing the articles that accompany your Doodlewashes – really wonderful to read each one.

    I might have to adopt Philippe’s adorable expression – sounds like it covers at lot of Scotch tape.

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      Charlie O'Shields 11 months ago

      Thanks so much! I’m so happy you’ve been enjoying these! It’s tougher to write posts during the month when I get so giddy I can hardly see straight! hehe 😊 And yes, that expression works for so many different occasions! lol 😉💕

  25. Sandra Gilbert 11 months ago

    Sounds like Philippe gives you many of the same looks my husband gives me. Does he ever give you the “oh for heavens sake what are you doing now look”?

    Sigh I get that one rather often, generally when he looks over and I am surrounded in art supplies and quite possibly wearing most of them. 😆

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      Charlie O'Shields 11 months ago

      lol… yeah, there are actually a myriad of looks that I get. I’m usually just thankful nothing more is said. I fully really I’m crazy, and there no sense going on and on about it. 😉

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