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Seven Christmas Gift Wrapping Ideas For Multi-Thumbed Men

As I was wrapping the Christmas gifts I carefully picked out for my wife today, it dawned on me that many of us men are gift-wrapping impaired. And there is no support group for that.

I’m not the only one though. Many of us have had the Christmas Eve experience of buying the perfect gift for our wives or girl-friends (not that you should have more than one) only to take a sledge hammer to it out of frustration. Or at least it looks like we wrapped it with a sledge hammer. So, after I pulled the errant tape from various parts of my body and placed Band-Aids over my scissor wounds, I decided to offer some hard earned advice on making gift wrapping

  1. Buy a car or some other huge, outrageously expensive object that will dazzle her and that any reasonable human would realize could not be wrapped. By the way, car dealerships are open on Christmas Eve. Though, unfortunately, I’ve discovered finding those huge bows they show on television are as hard to find as it is to wrap—say a diamond.
  2. Buy a diamond. They are really small and the store should wrap it for you for the prices they charge.unknown
  3. Have the store or one of those worthy charities wrap it. Or your daughter. The trouble with this is, then others will know you can’t afford a car or a diamond.
  4. Don’t wrap it! I mean you spent hours—or at least minutes—picking it out. Why cover it up? Plus she might like the wrapping paper more than the gift.
  5. Give your gift to her naked. That should distract her, especially if you can’t afford a car or a diamond. Though this could be awkward at a family gathering.crazy-funny-old-man-01-www-funnypica-com_-140x140
  6. Give her cash. It slips easily into one of those cash cards with a sweet message already written on. Then say, “I know your love language is really quality time. This is so we can go shopping together.”
  7. Don’t give her a gift. The holiday is about giving. God gave us Jesus. But Christmas has become far too commercial, as Charlie Brown said. And all the worry about wrapping gifts obscures the reason for the season.

I hope these gift wrapping suggestions were helpful. Now get out there and get shopping, you’ve only got a few hours until it’s Christmas Day. Merry Christmas.

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The Good News and Bad News of Christmas

Oh no, It’s Christmas already?

Bad news!  There are only 26 shopping days left until Christmas.  Good news!  You can reduce your shopping and stress by developing the fine art of regifting.

Regifting is Fun

Consider Larry Kunkle and Roy Collette.  In 1964 Larry’s mother gave him a brand new pair of mole skin trousers for Christmas.  Larry hated them so the next year he regifted them to his brother-in-law Roy.  Roy re-regifted them to Larry the next year.  Thus a bizarre 25 year tradition was born.

Roy returned the pants to Larry stuffed in one-inch round, three-foot long steel pipe with the understanding that Larry had to unwrap them without damaging them.  The two agreed that the pants could only be given again if they were undamaged.  Their regifting escalated.

Larry installed them inside the glass of an insulated window.

Collette decorated a 600 pound safe with red and white stripes, placed the pants inside, and welded the door shut.

Kunkle wrote a note saying the pants were in the glove box of a 1974 Gremlin.  With the note he delivered the Gremlin crushed into a 2,000 pound three-foot cube.

By 1985 Collette built the pants into a 4-ton Rubik’s Cube.

Kunkle hid the pants in a station wagon filled with 170 car generators welded together.

Finally Collette shipped the pants to a friend to encase them in 10,000 pounds of broken glass.  But the friend accidentally incinerated the pants in the process.  They now sit in an urn on Kunkle’s fireplace.

The Ultimate Regift

Linc and Papa looking for Christmas trees

Linc and Papa looking for Christmas trees

As creative and fun as all that is, the ultimate regifting, the regifting I’m talking about, is not complicated or costly, at least financially.  Nor is it material.  Not that material gifts aren’t meaningful.  Several years ago my wife Dee Dee gave me a compound bow for elk hunting.  I love that thing.  But one of my best memories of Christmas was last year sitting around our kitchen table talking and praying with our adult children.  It was one of those time stopping moments, eternity came close.

But why call giving others your time and presence regifitng? Because it affirms that you are a wonderful, creative, priceless creation of God.  That all you have and all you are was first given to you by God.  When you give yourself to others, it is a giving of what you already have.  And that which is most valuable.

The good news of Christmas is this is what Jesus did.  He gave of himself.  And 2,0000 some years later people are still talking about that gift.  I guarantee no one will remember my compound bow that long.

You don’t have top shop till you drop.  The ultimate regift then is giving those you love what you already have, yourself.  This is the gift of presence, time, attention.  This presence is at the heart of Christmas.  Of all the things God could have given us, he gave us himself in the person of Jesus.

Why not take each of the shopping days left and be with each other.  Put away your smart phone, turn off the TV.  Write someone a real letter, on paper.  Tell a story.  Laugh.  Share a meal.  These are priceless gifts.

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