Mentioned in an e-mail exchange with a friend the other day about my complete distaste of the fairly recent tradition of wrapping Christmas gifts. When I was a kid I don't recall stuff being all enclosed in expensive fancy paper, Santa just showed up in the middle of the night and left everything under the tree with a name tag on it, or sometimes when my family was less prosperous, filled our stockings. A couple reasons I don't like wrapping paper is that it seems so dang wasteful and on top of that, it takes me forever to get the job done and looks like heck. Few years ago, I thought society had finally come to it's senses when someone was telling me that "gift bags" were all the rage in more upscale places. This appealed to my "guy" nature, what could be easier, stick the dang stuff in a bag and put a bow on it! I took a bit of heat that year from my mom when I plunked my bags under the tree with their gaudy ribbons and bows. Her complaint was the bags I'd used which were the only ones I had on hand, black plastic garbage bags. Even though I tried to convince her that gift bags were all the rage, she was still a bit put out with me. They really do serve a dual purpose though, comes time to open everything, they are handy to dispose of all the other wrappings, boxes and stuff. Since I ran out of paper trying to wrap some bigger boxes last night, I brought back the tradition and will pass it along to a new generation. Bet I still get some flack for it.