The wrapping and ribbons, boxes and bows. This is all that remains of all the money spent, thought put into gifts, wrapping carefully done. The kids happily ripped open their gifts, thrilled when Grandma and Grandpa arrived with more goodies. We really try not to go overboard. The kids get 3 presents each from us and 1 from Santa. However, there are also gifts from the grandparents and aunts and uncles.
Overall, we seem to have a far smaller Christmas than most, but still quite impressive. The kids can really enjoy their gifts when they aren't so overwhelmed. When Noah was little, we used to go a little overboard. He never really enjoyed it. He would open a gift and then be irritated that we wouldn't let him play with it, because there were so many more to open.
I've thought for years on the wrapping paper issue. My family has always saved boxes, gift bags, ribbons and the like. We also tend to be rather crafty as well, I keep thinking that we should make fabric gift bags to use for family gifts. My thought was to use up the rather large pile of wrapping paper first. I had a nice box set up to throw all the paper in for recycling. Then Hubby informed me that there was a large sign in front of the paper recycling at the dump prohibiting any wrapping paper. Huh? For whatever reason, it must all be put into the trash. What a waste. I guess the wrapping paper will last virtually forever now, waiting to be used on non-family gifts. Next year I'll be wrapping everything in fabric. Sometimes, I just need a little push. How was your holiday?