Vintage Christmas Wrapping Paper
Wrap with a Vintage Flair
If you want your holiday to be something really special this year, why not deviate from the status quo and go with vintage gift wrap? These patterns will hearken you back to the days when you could still celebrate Christmas and call it "Christmas"--to the days when you could still have a nativity scene on your lawn--when the standard greeting was "Merry Christmas" instead of "Happy Holidays."
If you want your tree to stand out at the progressive caroling parties, the open houses, and the family get-togethers, then try your hand at giftwrapping in old school style. For presents they will hesitate to open because they are so pretty!
The tradition of gift giving at the holidays is not a new practice, but rather goes back many centuries...even before the birth of Christ. While some may argue that the commercialization of the holiday cheapens its meaning, others will compare it to the Biblical account of the wise men who brought gold, frankincense and myrrh to Mary to celebrate the birth of Jesus. Gifts represent love and joy. They reiterate unselfishness and giving. It gives you a warm fuzzy feeling to do something for someone--holiday or not. And so we, especially in the United States, tend to go hog wild at Christmastime. A lot of people need no excuse for gift-giving, as they find so much joy and pleasure in the act of picking out just the perfect item and presenting it to their loved one. Many--the ladies especially--love to decorate, and the wrapping of the gifts is often coordinated with the other decorations. Still others may have gift-wrapping parties where they sip wassel or cocoa and sing carols while they wrap. And then there are those of us who love to keep our presents secret until Christmas Day...anticipation adding to the excitement of the big day.
If you choose to give gifts this season, whether or not you choose to purchase fancy ribbons and bows and tissue paper, take some time out to reflect on what the holiday truly means to you and your family. Read the Christmas story from the Bible, go caroling, do something nice--pay it forward to someone less fortunate. Wrap up a truck load of toys for an orphanage or the underprivileged. I once saw two teenage girls handing out free gifts outside of Target to all the people leaving who had children. You should have seen the bewildered looks and then smiles spread across the recipients faces. The girls explained, "It's our tradition. Take it. Merry Christmas!" Be thinking of all the possibilities ahead this Christmas and share in the spirit of the season with all that is within you. But remember, above all, Jesus IS the reason.
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