To Wrap, or Not To Wrap, at Christmastime?
December 22, 2010
by Chantel Gurney Minish
Though I do represent the minority (27 percent) of Tennesseans polled in the great “should Santa wrap presents?” debate from the MP&F 2010 Holiday Survey, I of course know that my opinion – though not as popular – is the best course of action when it comes to gifts under the tree from Santa. Here are my arguments, and I hope at least a few of you will consider these when preparing for Christmas morning, both this year and in years to come.
• Teddy Ruxpin. My “big girl” bicycle with pink streamers. The original Nintendo game console. These are all gifts that come to mind when I think of Christmas. Why? Because they were left by Santa – unrestricted by commercial wrapping paper and dazzling in the magic of Christmas spirit. This was Santa’s way of standing out from all of the other presents under the tree.
• We all know the time constraints Santa and his elves are under at Christmastime. And we should show some compassion and respect for all they do by taking the unnecessary wrapping and labeling out of the equation. Production efficiency results would be out the roof if more than half of us stopped demanding wrapped presents.
• Think of all the trees that could be saved from unwrapped presents. Santa would definitely agree that it’s better to help save the environment and “go green” at Christmas.
• Lastly, I consulted “the elf on the shelf,” and he did hint that those who put extra demands on Santa just might be bumped down a few notches on the “nice” list. I don’t know this to be fact, but why risk it? I know I wouldn’t want to.
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