I think of meaningful traditions, events, songs, places, and certain foods as a special place card holding a moment which declares, “It’s officially Christmas!” I have been so delighted by the notes I’ve already received for our “It Just Wouldn’t be Christmas Without It” theme this month, I can hardly wait to share them with you all. Speaking of can hardly wait … our first
confession story from Maureen at Orgasmic Chef really made me chuckle. Enjoy!
Every year, from as far back as I can remember, I have been a Christmas package peeker. I can’t help myself. If there were a 12-step program for it, I’d qualify. I’m a million years old, but I still can’t stand to see a package wrapped and be told not to touch it. My family and friends just know not to show me anything until it’s time to open.
When I was a child, my parents got so frustrated that every year they would come up with a scheme to label my packages with my sister or brother’s name with some sort of code. My mother would tell me that she took my packages somewhere else because I wouldn’t leave them alone. Then on Christmas Eve she’d re-write the labels and we’d all open presents.
It’s a family joke every year because my husband always buys a gift and wraps it and “hides” it because he knows I’ll find it and carefully peel away the ribbon and tape just to see what he’s bought. I use the excuse that then I’ll know how much to spend. The truth is—I want to know. It’s usually batteries or something non-identifying to go with another gift that he has well hidden somewhere else.
So, for me, It wouldn’t be Christmas without just a bit of package peeping.
About Maureen at Orgasmic Chef: I discovered Maureen’s blog only a few months ago, but have grown very fond of it. I especially enjoy the way she takes readers along on food and travel adventures with a keen eye for amazing food and a fun sense of humor. As she puts it, her blog is about food so good, “you wish you had a tummy the size of a Volkswagen because you want to keep eating, it’s that good.” For the cookie recipe, pay her a visit and say hello from Savoring Today.