Rituals are the foundation of religion, family, and one of my favorite aspects of the holidays.
Whether it’s a childhood tradition, or a new practice that has emerged as a result of marriage or other life changes, these significant acts provide stability, comfort and belonging.
Some people may find gift wrapping a drag, but it’s one of my favorite holiday rituals. My grandmother (Grammy) was probably the person who originally inspired me. Her ability to creatively and beautifully wrap presents no doubt came from her 35 years at Sears. That’s a lot of Christmases at the gift wrapping counter! My mom continues the tradition and is a pro when it comes to wrapping presents (not to be confused with a pro rapper).
When it’s time to start wrapping I settle in with Miracle on 34th Street (the original, and ALWAYS in back and white – no colorized version for me.). Usually accompanied by a mug of hot chocolate, or in today’s case, a steaming cup of candy cane green tea. Yum! It may just be a new twist on the tradition. Even though I’ve seen the movie probably forty times, it’s comforting to revisit it each year like an old friend.
It’s also not only a chance to make the gift beautiful, but a perfect time to reflect on the recipient.
The season can take on a frenetic pace if we let it. Stop and enjoy the rituals.
(Photo of today’s wrapping session, with Maureen O’Hara on screen).