Traditions, Skills And Gratitude

Tradition, Skills And Gratitude

While as a child, having a parent who is very detailed oriented and almost OCD about their space, is not a fun person to grow up around, I did learn quite a few useful skills from my adoptive father’s very exact personality. From how to cut an onion in precise and extra small pieces to careful and detailed gift wrapping, I am grateful for this knowledge and am often asked to teach those little skills to others.

Getting ready for the Holiday season, which in our family happens to be also the season where everyone seems to be having a birthday, I go through tons of wrapping paper and ribbons.

If you are like my friends and family, you probably think a lot less about the wrapping of those presents then the content of them – but I thought you might appreciate a little tutorial I found on youtube that shows a quick and easy way to make your presents more beautiful.

Speaking of gift giving, have you began to plan your shopping for the upcoming holidays yet? No? Me neither, but at least I have a plan in place for everyone on my list. Do you plan your holiday shopping in detail, like I do or are you waiting for whatever is on sale on days like Black Friday (which I do not participate in). I am not I would be able to get everyone a thoughtful gift without this planning ahead – which, by the way, I always do, throughout the year, and make a rule that it has to be done before Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving Floral Magnet
Thanksgiving Floral Magnet – Personalize It!

Another tradition, albeit one that was a lot more fun to learn, was making Christmas cookies. I am grateful that both of my Grandmothers were avid backers and usually provided us with at least a dozen varieties each. This year I have to add some vegan varieties to the mix, so my daughter can eat them as well. I, on the other hand, will for that occasion not restrict myself and stick with tradition.


Do you have any favorite holiday skills and traditions that you enjoy? What skills did they teach you, even if at the time you might not have appreciated the learning process as much as you do that skill now?

I am looking forward to hearing from you.

And check out the custom designer Christmas wrapping collection, I created for you. It includes the most beautiful wrapping papers for this holiday season, I could find on Zazzle.


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12 thoughts on “Traditions, Skills And Gratitude

  1. Now, I feel all holidayish. Grandmothers baking cookies is one of the best things of all. I don’t think anyone can make them better. As to gift wrapping, my husband’s family is extra careful. I had to readjust my wrapping thoughts to meet their standards. But a few years ago, my mother-in-law decided to stop ‘wasting’ money on all of the paper and wrap presents with holiday dish towels.Now, she hand-stitches them inside. Enjoyed the video!

  2. I love wrapping presents (though I don’t do as good a job as you). The colorful paper and bows just put a smile on my face. My mom was very frugal. Always saved wrapping paper from gifts we got. Now, as times get harder, I find myself grateful for all the frugal ways I grew up with. Have a lovely weekend! 🙂

    • that was also something my parents and my grandmother did, even though they did not need to do the saving as much – yet they always seeemed to be able to replace bigger items when needed, with ease, because they watched their pennies. Thank you, Lexa, glad you stopped by!

  3. I’ve wrapped a lot of presents in my life and they always were kind of a mess in the way they looked. However I figure people just tear into ’em anyway. Perfection in gift wrapping has never been one of my goals, but it’s cool to see a well-wrapped gift.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

  4. Great tutorial. I love love making my present wrapping as good as the presen themselves. lol Thanks for the tip. Thank you for linking up to Share With Me and I hope to see you again tomorrow for another great round. #sharewithme

  5. Good ideas, Claudia.
    I haven’t a list yet! I wonder why I am slow on that?
    Thanks for the tutorial. I appreciate that you stopped by my blog earlier. Life has been crazy over here would have visited earlier.
    Sweet Blessings to you

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