CL: "I really appreciate that you're helping me, Sweetie, but I have a *system* when I wrap."
Mike: "A system? Well, we want to get done before I have to go pick up Hank from school. I'll start with this one."
CL: "Ok, well, that's a Santa gift, so try to disguise your handwriting on the tag."
*A moment of silence while Mike digests this, and decides to humor me*
*sounds of wrapping*
Mike: "I'm done with this one. So I'm putting 'Santa' on the tag?"
CL: "Yes. Oh! You used that blue wrapping paper?"
Mike: "Yeah, why? It has Santas on it, I figured that was good for Santa gifts."
CL: "Well, but I've wrapped *other* gifts with that that weren't Santa gifts. He might notice."
Mike: "I really don't think he'll notice,Sweetie. Plus, the gig is up on Santa after this Christmas anyway, we agreed, so it doesn't matter."
CL: "I know, but..."
*CL desperately thinks of her usual, organized System, though realizes that it would take twice as long*
Mike: "All right, I"ll wrap this giant one next. Where's the extra long rolls of paper?"
CL: "Over there, but only use the polar bears, not the penguins. Wait! Remember, polar bears? That's the extra large Santa paper. Bears, only."
*Mike gives a long suffering sigh*
*CL huffily tries to tie ribbon around some crocheted dish cloths*
Mike: "What's wrong?"
CL: "This ribbon is *ridiculous*. In this entire roll, I could only fully wrap one set of dish cloths! Not to mention that this polar bear paper sucks. We're not getting Christmas supplies at Target again next year."
*CL porkily tries to tape the ribbon rather than tie it in order to conserve yardage*
CL: "Great, now I've got glitter all over my pants. Do we have time to vacuum before Hank gets home? Did I mention that I hate this chintzy ribbon?"
Nothing like getting into the Christmas spirit...