Chris and I haven’t had too much difficulty merging our two lives into one. Oh sure, there were the initial frustrations over the toothpaste tube (he’s since given up that particular fight), how to load the dishwasher (now the line of thought is “who cares?!” so long as it gets done!), and proper shirt folding techniques. (Who knew there were so many different ways to fold shirts and towels?!) For the most part we’ve learned to be gracious, to pick our battles, and to compromise for the sake of a happy home.
But holidays? Now those seem to be a totally different matter. Both of us are very close with our families, both our families have very ingrained sets of holiday traditions, and both of us seem to struggle finding that point of compromise between the two. As a child you think everyone in the whole big wide world just MUST do Christmas the same way you do…but as a married couple you realize that you’d be hard pressed to find even two families who do Christmas the exact same way, and more often than not the holiday expectations between two people are going to be very different. It can definitely start to feel like “Mission Impossible.”
So, as each holiday presents itself, we try to navigate the waters carefully (although I must admit, sometimes we go lumbering through, so bent on having it our way that we become blind to the hurt it is causing the other) and find a way that can make both of us happy. As we continue to establish our own family, and one day have children, I’m sure we will continue to merge our idea of Christmas until it no longer feels like “his” and “hers” and just feels like “ours.”
This Christmas we will be spending Christmas day itself with the Thompson family, but for the last several Chris has spent it with my fam. To try and make him feel more at home, we started incorporating some of his family traditions into ours…and I want to share one of those with you today.
What you’ll need:
– a gift (I chose a gift card for my family, Chris’ usually does a board game they can play together afterwards…you would just want to think about what would work best for YOUR family!)
– boxes, wrapping, chains, duct tape, whatever else you can scrounge up
– a die
How to get ready:
Wrap that gift….and be creative! You want to use multiple boxes, lots of paper and most importantly, lots of obstacles (think duct tape, chains, ribbon, etc.). The name of the game is making it as difficult as possible to get to that gift…it truly is mission impossible!
How to play:
Gather the fam and sit in a circle. The first person (A) will start to try and unwrap the present, while the next person (B) in line starts rolling the die. As soon as that person rolls a “6,” then the game shifts. Now (B) starts trying to unwrap while the next person (C) in line starts rolling, still looking for that “6.” Everytime a 6 is rolled the gift and die shift down one person.
Whoever is able to fully unwrap the gift is the winner, and he/she gets to keep the gift as the prize!
It is fast, wild & wooly, and full of laughter…definitely not for the faint of heart. 🙂
Here’s a sneak peek at our Mission Impossible game wrapping…
Wrap …it looks so easy Wrapped again, then with clear tape all the way around…decieving & difficult!
Tissue paper, in a ziploc baggie, wrapped with clear tape…
Placed in a bigger box w/ baggies…
Wrap the bigger box…
Wrap string around the box, place in a larger box, stuff with newspaper…
Masking tape it up…
The final product…
Whether you play the game this year or not, I hope your Christmas is far from impossible…and that you find plenty of reasons to celebrate the joy of the season with your friends and family.
KEEP CALM & GIFT WRAP ON!