ED’S LET­TER

Sunday Herald Sun - Stellar - - Contents - Sar­rah

Don’t be fooled by those friv­o­lous bows. There’s a very se­ri­ous side to gift-wrap­ping – an art in which I was for­tu­nate enough to be­come a tem­po­rary ex­pert one Christ­mas. As­signed to the gift-wrap bar while work­ing at a depart­ment store, I spent the sum­mer hol­i­days knee-deep in sticky tape, glossy pa­per and tricky-to-as­sem­ble pil­low boxes. It was an ex­pe­ri­ence that em­bod­ied Christ­mas in all its re­tail glory, with queues of pa­tient shop­pers clutch­ing care­fully se­lected presents while Mariah Carey crooned car­ols in the back­ground on end­less re­peat. No mat­ter how weary the cus­tomers ap­peared as they col­lected their beau­ti­fully wrapped (ahem, if I do say so my­self) pack­ages and headed off to brave the fes­tive grid­lock of the shop­ping cen­tre carpark, they in­vari­ably mus­tered the en­ergy to wish every­one a Merry Christ­mas on their way out. Ex­haust­ing, stress­ful, yet still a lot of fun: that pretty much sums up this time of year. And hope­fully our Christ­mas gift guide will help. (Pro­fes­sional wrap­ping not in­cluded, un­for­tu­nately.)

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