I know I said I wouldn't do it, but I bought wrapping paper, this year. AARRGGHH!!!!! OK, it wasn't that expensive, and it wasn't gaudy either. I think I bought it mainly because it reminded me of the kind that Mormor used to use. Those who celebrate European Christmases, especially those who are Danish, will understand precisely what i'm talking about. This was shiny metalic wrap with candy cane stripe designs, peppermint candies, and some just planin red, blue, and green. I could not resist.
My main reason though, for buying the paper, was to solve a gift-wrapping dilemma. I bought Lexi (Sugarplum) a Danish flag for Christmas. She's 6 years old now, and has started asking me questions about the flag pin I wear, and about Hans Christian Andersen, since I told him that my mother was born in the same Danish town, as the man who wrote The Little Mermaid.
The wooden "pole" on the flag was about two feet long, and the flag itsself was huge; any bigger and it would have qualified for a "real" flagpole. I could not, for the life of me, figure out how to wrap the darn thing.
When I saw the packages of wrapping paper, and the candycane-striped one, I had an idea. If I wrap this gift LAST, I'll have the roll. I'll cut the end off of the roll, so the rolled up flag will fit inside, and then just wrap the roll in candy-paper, securing the ends with ribbon, so it'll look like one giant candy-stick. Near the one end, I secured two small paper flags, a Danish flag and a Canadian flag, the same way as my icon shows, and added a red bow. The finished product looks absolutely delicious!! I'm wrapping all of my gifts in the various papers I bought (mixed package, very tasteful designs!!) and adding the two flags to each one. I'd wanted to use flags this year, and thought I'd do it with white paper and a stamp....until I saw this stuff. I absolutely LOVE it!!! I love the flag idea too, since it'll work for both families.
I wrapped gifts for Mom's family in plain red shiny paper, and tied them with white ribbon in a traditional cross pattern, and the gifts themselves look exactly like Danish flags. I've always done that for Mom's side. On the bottom of the gift, so as not to mess up the design on top, I've taped Christmas cards. On top, where the cross "meets" I've secured the two flags, as seen in my icon.
I'm going to take some of my flags tomorrow, and put them in Morfar's little Christmas tree. I'll also take him some Turkish Delight.