It Just Wouldn’t Be Christmas Without a Bit of Package Peeping

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. 🙂

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  1. says

    What a fun story! When I was young I used to be a package peeper too. Today? Not really. But I certainly understand the impulse! Very good post – thank you.
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