Please direct me to the nearest Wrapping Paper Anonymous meeting. Thanks!

That’s right, despite my steadfast resolution, I ended up shopping for wrapping paper and ribbon on December 26th. My SIL and I hit Target, K-Mart, and the Container Store — these three stores ┬ávery conveniently staggered their opening times (Target at 7, K-Mart at 8, and Container Store at 9) so that we could be amongst the first people at each of them. Target was VERY disappointing — Michelle was really looking forward to picking up some ornaments for a project she wanted to do for next Christmas, but they had next-to-nothing left — and we were one of the first in the store. Martha Stewart’s stuff at K-Mart was AWESOME, and I picked up some ribbon (that I did not need) there.

Here’s a few of the ribbons I got — from Target and/or Wal Mart. Just look at that Scotty Dog ribbon. How could I possibly resist, I ask you?

So I kept telling Michelle that the Container Store would make up for the two other lackluster stores but even that was disappointing, despite the bounty of last Christmas — the sales lady said that, last Christmas, because it was a new store, they weren’t sure how much Christmas stuff to stock, and they ended up shipping way too much — and that’s why the after-Christmas sale last year was so, so, SO good. This year, they didn’t have that much left over. I felt pretty bad for building it up so much to Michelle.

This is my wrapping paper TUB. Should someone with a wrapping paper TUB really be out shopping for wrapping paper on December 26th? PROBABLY not. Check out my ribbon TUB.

So, yeah, the after looks much better, but seriously? What am I doing? In thirty Christmases I could never use up all of this crap. I have an idea for next year: a wrapping party. We can have cookies and (spiked) hot chocolate and people can bring their presents over to my house and our goal can be to use up ALL of my wrapping paper and ribbon.

So that on December 26th, 2010, I can buy MORE without guilt.

January 4, 2010 - 11:01 am

Leilani This is the first year my mom and I didn’t go shopping the day after Christmas for supplies… we have WAY more wrapping paper/ribbon than we’d ever need (even more than you) so it was time to call it quits for a bit. Also, I was super disappointed by Target’s holiday offerings this year and didn’t have my eye on anything. I think because of the economy all the stores ordered less holiday supplies thus there were less left over (a good strategy for them, not so much for us). Love your scottie dog ribbon, I definitely would have bought that!

January 4, 2010 - 7:57 pm

Lara Jo So it sounds like you won’t be interested in my wrapping party next year, huh? Target really was bad…VERY disappointing.

January 4, 2010 - 9:33 pm

janie hightower Your BEFORE tub looks like my AFTER tub.