If you want to add some extra laughs (and funny pictures) to your holiday this year, try a wrapping paper jump. This simple Christmas tradition is a fun, no-effort way to celebrate after all the presents have been opened.
Christmas morning is magical. Little footie-pajama clad kiddos stand wide-eyed looking at colorful, wrapped packages. Giggles and squeals of glee accompany the sound of ripping of paper. The piles of paper grow bigger, and bigger until…it’s all over.
What do you do with the wrapping once all the presents have been opened?
If you’re looking at your screen quizzically right now thinking “…uh, throw it away?” then you’re missing out!
My favorite Christmas tradition happens right after the last present is opened.
In my family growing up, we designated one person each year as “Santa”. That person donned a red cap and passed out presents one at a time for each member of the family to open.
Another person was the designated paper-runner. That person’s job was to gather up the wrapping paper and pile it in the entryway of the house by the front door. By the time all seven of us had opened all our presents, we had quite a mountain of paper. Then came the fun…
The Wrapping Paper Jump!
The five of us kids would gather around the pile and on the count of three, we would jump into our massive paper pile like it was a ball pit. We’d throw paper up like confetti, and wad it up to chuck at each other like snowballs. We’d burrow underneath, and then pop back up like a jack-in-the-box. It only lasted a few minutes, but it was always a fun and celebratory way to end the opening of presents (which otherwise is a little depressing once you see the lonely tree with no presents billowing from underneath).
I’ve started doing this with my own boys now, and they think it’s great! I mean, what little kid wouldn’t love rolling around in a bunch of shiny, crinkly paper and making a huge, fun mess?
There you have it, my favorite Christmas tradition. It’s simple. It’s free. It’s fun. What more do you need?
Try it out this year. I bet it won’t be a one-time thing. Merry Christmas!
What is your favorite simple Christmas tradition?