I have a strange obsession with the lesser-played Christmas carols. For example, have you heard the French carol, Bring the Torch, Jeanette Isabella? Love it! Pat-a-pan? Yes, please! Good King Wenceslas? Gets me every time!
This year, I decided to use Christmas songs as inspiration for wrapping presents. However, I stuck to the popular songs so that people could understand the references. You’re welcome.
What could be more Rudolph-y than a bright red nose…er…pompom in the middle of the present? You can easily recreate the look with yarn! Here’s a tutorial on how to make a pompom. It takes about two minutes. Seriously. You could have made it by now!The pretty red tissue paper flowers remind me of poinsettias, which of course, are Mexican in origin. If you can fold a paper snowflake, they’re easy to make. Unfortunately, I had a hard time finding an excellent tutorial, but you can try this one on for size!
This package reminds me of the Paul McCartney song, Wonderful Christmastime because the line of polka dots has a psychedelic 70s vibe, just like the song! Just try listening to the song and not imagining crazy polka dots and swirly tie-dyed images float in front of your face. Go ahead. Try it. Epic fail, right?
I made the polka dots by cutting paint samples with a large circle punch. I actually made the dots into a garland (shocking, I know) by sewing them together, but you could just as easily glue the dots onto the paper.
I used stickers to note the recipient of the gift. Yes, I have a family member named Fish… sort of. It’s a long story.
O Christmas tree, O Christmas Tree / Thy leaves are so unchanging. Indeed! Why not tuck them under a ribbon on a present? This branch happens to be fake; real branches would look even better!
It wouldn’t be Christmas without Jingle Bells! I just attached a couple of bell ornaments to this present for a simple topper.
(PS — At the risk of exposing myself as a HUGE grammar nerd, have you noticed that the seemingly simple chorus of Jingle Bells is disconcertingly ambiguous? Is the speaker commanding the bells to jingle (Jingle, bells! Jingle, bells! Jingle all the way!) or is the speaker simply describing the sound of the bells before transitioning into ordering them to jingle? These are the thoughts that keep me up at night.)
May your days be merry and bright,
PPS – If you want to weigh in on the Jingle Bells vs. Jingle, Bells issue, please do!