Christmas present wrapping… I’ve been doing it for the best part of fifty years… you’d have thought I’d have mastered it by now!
My dad worked as a youth at George Mason’s: The International Grocer’s and he could wrap a parcel perfectly just by looking at it! Mind you he had wrapped everything from butter to eggs in his time and then ridden a dozen miles delivering the groceries on his bike.
My mum was as good, she’d set the parcels, wrapping paper and Sellotape in a production line and would be away at a lightning pace until everything was neatly wrapped and labelled and posted into assorted bags for prompt delivery.
My poor wrapping has tended me towards choosing gifts which are basically square and can be enveloped in no more than a single sheet of wrapping paper. Even then with the paper looking crisp and even, I still manage to mash it with the Sellotape which is the single most enduringly unhelpful product known to man (other securing tapes are available!)
I’m sure my nearest and dearest are looking forward to tins of biscuits, shoes in a box and a book this Christmas. A lucky one might even receive a Toblerone if I’m feeling ambitious.