Merry Christmas, Banditas and Bandita Buddies!

The Romance Bandits want to wish all of you who celebrate Christmas the merriest of days! (And even if you don’t celebrate Christmas… be merry today.) Hope you’re spending the day with people you love. We’ll be popping in and out throughout the day to say hello. Be sure to post a comment below so you’ll have a chance to win today’s Grand Prize in the 12 Bandita Days of Christmas celebration!

The grand prize package includes…

  • From Christina Brooke, a signed trade paperback of the Australian edition of London’s Last True Scoundrel
  • From Suzanne Ferrell, Kidnapped plus Godiva Chocolates
  • From Anna Campbell, A Rake’s Midnight Kiss
  • From Trish Milburn, Out of the Night
  • From Donna MacMeans, The Casanova Code
  • From Jeanne Adams, a Rooster Mug and Saucer, plus a download of her brand new novella
  • From Jo Robertson, her Christmas novella, The Perfect Gift
  • From Christie Kelley, Enticing the Earl
  • From Caren Crane, Kick Start
  • From Tawny Weber, Nice & Naughty, Naughty Christmas Nights
  • From Susan Sey, Taste For Trouble (Kindle or paperback) and Talent For Trouble (upon January release, also Kindle or paperback)
  • From Joan Kayse, Kindle download of The Patrician
  • From Nancy Northcott, Renegade, Guardian, or Sentinel as download
  • From Kate Carlisle, A Cookbook Conspiracy and some cool Bibliophile swag
  • From Anna Sugden, A Perfect Distraction plus Cadbury’s chocolate
  • From visiting author Katie McGarry, her latest YA Crash Into You
  • From visiting author Natalie Richards, her latest YA Six Months Later

wrap1You know that I write a mystery series about a bookbinder, so it probably won’t surprise you to hear that I’m a fan of beautiful wrapping paper. (Understatement!) Sometimes when I get a gift, the paper is so lovely that I open it carefully, delicately, because hurting the paper would hurt my feelings.

A Brief History of Wrapping Paper

Gifts have been wrapped in paper for nineteen centuries in China. Gift paper was popular in Victorian England, but it was much thicker and more cumbersome than what we use today, and it was only affordable for the upper classes.

wrap2Modern gift wrap came into being by a quirk of fate. The year was 1917. Americans at that time mostly wrapped Christmas gifts in red, green, and white tissue paper, but a card store in Kansas City ran out of tissue paper. The quick-thinking owners remembered that they had sheets of French envelope-lining paper in back. They priced the decorative sheets at 10 cents apiece (about $2.35 in today’s money) and watched them fly off the shelves… and an industry was born.

That company is still in business today. Hallmark. And all because of poor inventory control.

Have you opened presents today? What made you smile?

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  • Debbie Oxier says:

    Merry Christmas everyone!

  • Lucy says:

    Merry Christmas to Everyone!!!!

    We have opened all of our presents – all are gorgeous by the way 🙂

    What made me smile was my 11 year old daughter Georgia.
    She was pushed off a trampoline at a Christmas party on Saturday night (by a boy!!!) and spent most of Saturday night at hospital before returning early Sunday morning for surgery as her wrist was broken in 2 places.
    She smiled all the way through the pain and the 2 hospital visits and surgery and then this morning did a wonderful job of handing out all of the presents with her wrist in a pink cast and a sling and managed to open all of her presents with one hand – she was so determined to do it by her self!!!

    Thank you for a wonderful Bandita year and giveaways 🙂

    Lucy x

  • Jane says:

    Merry Christmas to all the Banditas. We like to open our presents at midnight, but haven’t opened all. I got some cute pajamas. I like to wrap presents, but I’m not great at it. I’m hoping we’ll get a white Christmas, but it doesn’t look like it’ll happen.

    • Cassondra Murray says:

      Jane the ground here is frozen with a big frost, so it’s sort of a “pale” white. *grin* No chance for a real white one here either. Clear blue sky this morning. Wooot on the new pjs!

      Merry Christmas!

    • Merry Christmas to you, too, Jane! Love PJs for Christmas. I know my daughter buys her kids some most years. Have a wonderful day even if there’s no snow!

    • Jane, Merry Christmas to you, too. How great on the PJs! I’ve developed a fondness for them as evening-at-home wear. They’re so comfy.

      We won’t have a white Christmas, either. The last time we did was decades ago. There was a chance last year, but the cold weather and the rainy front did not, alas, coincide.

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      A Very Merry Christmas, Jane! (Great PJs! Yay!)

  • Laney4 says:

    My customer brought me a bouquet of mixed flowers, some chocolate, and a beautifully written thank-you note/Christmas greeting.
    I open gifts from family in … oh … about 10 hours. Am looking forward to seeing the expression on my daughter’s boyfriend’s face when we send him on a treasure hunt for his gifts.

  • Kaelee says:

    Merry Christmas Everyone.

    Since my brother is working over Christmas, we got together on Sunday for Chinese food and a present exchange. I got a lovely bag full of stuff but the item that made me smile was a crab shaped trinket box. He also got me a tin of crab meat to go along with it.

    Christmas Day, which is still an hour away, is going to be spent making a couple of cheesecakes and hopefully some special cookies to take for my sister’s annual Boxing Day Celebration. The cookies are from a recipe that my mother made every year. We both stopped making them but it’s time to start again.

    • Cassondra Murray says:

      Kaelee, big hooray on making your mom’s cookies once again! I know that will be special for your whole family–your making them and everyone’s eating them.

      Cheesecake–YUM!

    • Merry Christmas, Kaelee!

      I’m thinking there’s a story behind the crab items. Am I right?

      Cheesecake for Boxing Day…can I come?

    • Kaelee, I’m guessing you’re well into Christmas right now. Food is a great gift as long as it’s food a person likes. I love crab and salmon but am not a fan of smoked salmon. The dh is, though, so it’s always welcome here.

      As for special cookies…they sound yummy. Any chance you’d give Sven the recipe?

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Oh, Kaelee! Sometimes its so lovely to bring back those traditions. Once you can reach the point where they don’t make you weep, then it’s time to bring ’em back!

      I now make my Mama’s molasses cookies every Holiday because I can make them and smile. And then eat!! Grins.

  • flchen1 says:

    I’m still trying to get all the kids to bed so I can finish wrapping THEIR gifts 😉 (Yes, I live by the last-minute thing 😉 ) And I’m sure the unwrapping will commence as early as they can all manage to make it out of bed 😀

    That was quick thinking on the part of the KC stationer! And a whole industry was born! I tend to use one roll for all the family gifts–guess there’s no surprise who it’s from 😀

    Merry Christmas, Kate and Banditas!!

    • Cassondra Murray says:

      I do that too flchen! All my gifts are the same color in the same year. Only the ribbons vary.

      Merry Christmas!

    • Fedora, Merry Christmas!

      This year I wrapped all the grandkids presents in red paper with cute little penguins on it. That should help with the handing out!

    • Fedora, Merry Christmas to you, too! Your post reminds me of the days when the dh and I were up until after 1 a.m. assembling various toys and putting tiny little stickers in the right places, or trying to, with our oversized adult fingers.

  • Minna says:

    Hey, here in Finland we opened our presents already yesterday evening. Chocolate always makes me smile.

  • Mary Preston says:

    It is Christmas Day afternoon here now. It’s been a wonderful day. Gifts were opened, food was eaten and everyone was full of the spirit of Christmas.

  • blodeuedd says:

    My e-reader 😀 Awww bf, best present I got yesterday (as yesterday was xmas and today is just the lazy day called xmas day)

  • Helen says:

    Merry Christmas everyone

    It is Christmas night here in Oz and I am sitting under the patio with my 3 sisters and it is raining and very cool and has been all day no swimming in the pool today. But ye the presents were opened this morning and yay I got my kindle paper white next gen and clothes and chocolate I am very lucky 🙂

    Have Fun
    Helen

  • Maureen says:

    Merry Christmas! We opened our presents last night and my new pajamas made me smile.

  • Shannon says:

    It was strange this year that there were no presents to open–just cards. Mom gave me cash since she’s too ill to shop. My brothers are giving me a CD set that releases in February. But I stuffed my own stocking–white chocolate since I’m allergic to the real stuff. And I made Christmas cookies last night so I snarfed one along with breakfast. Now, to get together with friends who will eat cookies before I do. Merry Christmas!

    • Cassondra Murray says:

      Good for you Shannon for stuffing your OWN stocking with the things you like! The cd set sounds exciting!

    • Shannon, Merry Christmas! It’s odd, isn’t it, when our traditions are disrupted, but I think it’s great that you stuffed your own stocking. I picked up something for mine this year, too.

  • Barb says:

    Yes we have opened presents… It is actually bedtime now Christmas night…. Yes I had an Amazon gift voucher so I can guess what I will be using that for lol

  • Dianna aka Hrdwrkdmom says:

    Merry Christmas my friends!

    I only got one present but it was very nice and it made me smile, A Pulsar watch that actually fits my wrist, that will be good, maybe I won’t kill this one. I kill watches and shoes. I don’t know why, I just do. Gotta go check the bird!

  • Teresa Hughes says:

    Merry Christmas everyone!!! I hope everyone’s day is full of fun and love!

    Wow, what a prize pack!

    I haven’t opened presents today but I did last night. My adopted daughter and grandson gave me a wall hanger with cows on it. I kind of hollered. Lol! I LOVE Cows!!! It was the best kind of gift for me. Plus watching Harley who is 5 months old open his gifts was wonderful. He loves the boxes.

    Hope everyone has a great day!

    • Cassondra Murray says:

      LOL at the cows!

      And ah, the age when we like boxes and bows as well as we like the gifts inside. It’d be nice to have that creativity and imagination as a grownup!

    • Teresa, Merry Christmas to you, too. What a cute gift! It’s so fun when someone finds something that’s just absolutely YOU. *g*

      Babies are such a wonder at Christmas. It’s like seeing everything new through their eyes.

  • Linda Kuzminczuk says:

    We open presents on Christmas Eve and just the sheer joy of the holidays makes everyone smile. Merry Christmas.

  • Carrie Pelchat says:

    My present came on the Friday before Christmas as we adopted a kitten from our local shelter Phantom. Each year we spoil our fur babies by getting small gifts for them and wrapping them up. This is the first year for 1 yr old Frankie and new Phantom But my Merlin has many years experience and 5 yr old Shelby has learned from Merlin real quick.
    I smile as we open the gifts and I see the excitement in their faces, and the joy as a new squeaky toy, a ball, a furry mouse or feather toy is pulled from the wrapping and they get all excited.

  • Janet says:

    I have not opened gifts yet. I do not expect any and if I get any that will be my surprise.

    Merry Christmas all.

  • Wanda says:

    Merry Christmas and happy reading to all! I couldn’t survive without books, what about you?

  • Marcy Collins says:

    First & foremost…Merry Christmas! This is an awesome package for anyone who LOVES to read (I have been an avid reader for over 4 decades) and in advance congrats to the winner! I for one panic when I do not have several books to choose from, so this would be a most welcome surprise!

  • Margaret says:

    We’ll open presents later today after dinner.
    What made me smile? Yesterday, my son stole my two dogs and took them to where he does grooming so that my two doggies look beautiful for today. One of the best presents ever!
    May you all have a most joyous and magical holiday season!!

  • Lois Rotella says:

    Have a very Merry Christmas !! Enjoy and relax this beautiful day !!! Also have a great New Year !!!. Sitting here and enjoying a nice cup of tea !!!

  • may says:

    I opened a few presents… they don’t excite me as much as they used to. I am more happy to see my kids’ surprised faces when they get their presents!

  • Becke Turner says:

    Merry Christmas, Bedford Falls!

    We traveled to my daughter’s and celebrated early so today is just kick back and relax.

    Love to read the comments from others around the world.
    b

  • Jamie Steadman says:

    Merry Christmas!

  • Debbie says:

    Merry Christmas! No, we haven’t really opened presents yet…I’m waiting for everyone to wake up. Although, I did get mine early, I’m using it to do this right now. My old one crashed about a month ago so hubby gifted me early. So I’m having my coffee and biding my time…they have ’til 9 …maybe. LOL

  • Lisa Waggoner says:

    Merry Christmas and tidings of joy to all! Smiling as I think of the look on the grandkids’ faces when they open their presents from me this afternoon!

  • lori howe says:

    My husband had to be at work by 7 this morning so we opened gifts last night and are letting the college student sleep in. Rare for Christmas morning no matter how old…

    HAPPY merry to one and all!!

  • Lynette Kutzke says:

    Merry Christmas. Presents were opened last night, and I was thrilled to get a new electric frying pan.

  • Cyndi Riccio says:

    Merry Christmas! Grand kids and kids came over last night…. dinner and gifts for the kids..

  • Heathercm2001 says:

    Fascinating! I had no idea! Merry Christmas!

    I smiled last night when my nephew opened some of his presents! I love putting things together, so I helped with that. Then, I was able to help him play with some really cool stuff. 🙂

  • Sandy Duncan says:

    This is so terrific. Thank you for offering so many books!
    Merry Christmas!!

  • Gretchen H says:

    Merry Christmas! I loooove pretty paper. I don’t mind ripping into cheap paper, but I will save the nice ones, too. The story of how Hallmark started the modern wrapping paper trend is pretty cool.

    • Gretchen, Merry Christmas! I love pretty paper, too. The dh and the boy thought I was a little nuts for making a paper run yesterday just so there would be more variety under the tree, but I like a combination of wrapping papers–from cartoony to pretty.

  • Debbie Pell says:

    Merry Christmas!!!
    Now that I have. Teenagers and college kids, I find myself NOT wrapping lots of presents at midnight till two in the morning on Christmas Eve and then being woken by excited little people at 6 am alerting the whole house that Santa had come to our house!!! I miss all that !!!

  • Ann Waters says:

    Merry Christmas. My daughter just finished opening her gifts and I am about to become a cooking fanatic. Just wanted to say what wonderful prizes.

  • Sue C says:

    Wishing everyone a happy and healthy holiday!

  • Diana Huffer says:

    Merry Christmas everyone!

    Thanks for the information on wrapping paper! I’m always looking for new ideas to wrap things. We don’t have any kids at home, so I have a lot of time to wrap. I’m also known for wrapping things so there is virtually no way to tell what’s in them. I’ve had to do this to thwart my sister’s ability to guess what’s in each package!

    We haven’t opened anything yet — we will at our daughter’s house in a few hours… 😉

  • Barbara Tobey says:

    I do not celebrate the holiday. Surprised to see so many have the opportunity to be online. Have fun everyone and enjoy your time with family. Just my husband and I along with all my furry and feathered pets, turtles and fish, too. Family too far away to get together. Saw them at a wedding last summer.

  • sandyg265 says:

    Merry Christmas

  • Amy C says:

    A very Merry Christmas!

  • Lois M. says:

    Merry Christmas! : )

    Already opened yesterday, alas… but I got a couple of new meteorites and a shark tooth, along with a more earthly candle and vase, so pretty good. 🙂

    Lois

  • Merry Christmas, everyone! So nice to see everyone here. It feels like a real party! We Bandits will be spending time with our loved ones today, and hope that you will, too. Keep those comments coming for your chance to win the spectacular grand prize!

  • Linda says:

    Merry Xmas! Hope everyone had a wonderful time with loved ones.

  • gamistress66 says:

    Merry Christmas! May it be a lovely day for everyone 🙂 Interesting info on the history of gift paper.

  • Amy P says:

    Merry Christmas and happy holidays! Thank you for another year of great stories!

  • Kelly says:

    This year is a little different than usual. My dad is traveling so Christmas with that branch of the family was on Sunday. The mom-side celebration is always Christmas Eve. So this morning we only had the Santa gifts. The rest of the day is wide open for relaxing and enjoying our presents!

    • Kelly, we used to rush to my parents’ house on Christmas morning for a family gathering and then come back here. While part of me misses the family gatherings, we enjoy having a leisurely day.

  • eli yanti says:

    Just want to say Merry Christmas all Bandita 🙂

  • Paula Meier says:

    Merry Christmas and thank you for the opportunity to win such delightful gifts.

  • Connie Fischer says:

    Oh my goodness! Just finished opening gifts and my son gave me a Kindle Paperwhite! I have been thinking of getting one. I sure do hope it’s easier to use that the Kindle Fire that I have. That thing has been a royal pain! He also gave me a stuffed kitten. I have been asking for another kitty and when I opened the box and found the stuffed kitty, he came over and pretended to push a button on the kitty so it began purring. However, the purring was coming from an app on his iPhone that he put under the kitty! My husband also gave me a lovely bottle of Coach Poppy cologne which is my absolute favorite! Yummy!

    It has been a delightful Christmas for all of us and we feel very blessed.

  • Marsha Bachmeier says:

    Merry Christmas everyone! What a fantastic giveaway. One lucky winner musta been very good this year! 😉

    We opened our gifts Christmas Eve (as a whole family,) then Christmas Day is being spent with each’s own individual family. Me, being the lone single one, will spend the time with the folks.

    The thing that made me smile the most was watching my youngest nephew see his train set for the first time! 🙂

    • Marsha, Merry Christmas to you, too! I have to confess that I always wanted a train set, but my parents didn’t see it as a “girl” toy. I’m so glad the lines aren’t so rigid anymore.

  • Kiki says:

    Merry Christmas. We have not open gifts yet. As long as my kids are happy then I am happy.

  • Deb says:

    Merry Christmas to a wonderful group of people and friends! May you find sweet moments to cherish today!

    My DH did buy me a very nice bottle of perfume. The gift he gave me that made me laugh was velour pjs with footies. However, they are warm and, even though way too big, I love ’em.

    Have a Merry Day, everyone!

    • Deb says:

      On a side note about wrapping paper….I wrap all the gifts for my daughter from Mom and Dad in one kind of paper. Even though she is 13, Santa still comes (she knows there isn’t a Santa, but I tell her you still have to believe) and he wraps his presents in a different paper than the Mom and Dad gifts.

    • Deb, you got footie PJs? How cool! I’d love to have some. Tried to interest the boy in a cammo onesie at Macy’s when we were out shopping, but he just gave me that Seriously?! look. Actually, I wouldn’t have minded having it for myself.

      Merry Christmas!

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      I love the idea of velour footies! Yay! I’d roast like a Christmas goose, though, I’m so hot-natured. Grins. (Why I love cold weather!)

      Merry Christmas Deb!!!

  • Sue Farrell says:

    We don’t do Christmas presents at our house–but I do make a special dinner—and even the doggies get a piece of the prime rib. They smile.

    Happy Holidays to all.

  • Jess dimovski says:

    Merry xmas! Thanks for a great contest!

  • anne says:

    Merry Christmas. We have the kids over later and then open the presents.

  • diane says:

    A big dinner and a feast for all. Grandkids open their presents.

  • ellie says:

    Merry Christmas. What a day filled with fun for all. Present were open last night.

  • Diana Huffer says:

    Just a quick note before I run off to my daughter’s house: Merry Christmas — God bless us, everyone!!

  • Linda Henderson says:

    Yes we have already opened presents. The grandkids were up bright and early to open theirs so the rest of us had to drag out of bed too. Getting ready to go to my oldest daughter’s for Christmas dinner in a little bit. Happy Holidays to all and stay safe.

  • Kim Beck says:

    Merry Christmas, our gifts are open, we have had our cinnamon rolls for breakfast, now were off to do our yearly tradition of watching Polar express and having hot chocolate with lots of marshmallows. Hope you have a great Christmas.

    • Kim –

      Cinnamon buns – Yum!!! My daughter made a french toast casserole. Good thing all diets are suspended for Christmas 🙂

      Merry Christmas to you!

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Oooh, Kim and Donna I like BOTH your traditions! Yay!!

      We’re watching Despicable Me 2 and all the extras (hysterical!) which the Youngest Son got from Santa. SO funny….but hot choco would go well with it….yes. I believe I’ll go put the kettle on!

  • Erin Fagan says:

    Merry Christmas everyone!! May all the soldiers have a happy, merry, and safe holiday too!!! 🙂

    • Erin –

      Thank you for that reminder that so many are overseas and placing their lives in jeopardy on this day. Prayers sent for them and their families that are missing them. May all come home safely.

      Merry Christmas from all the banditas.

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Oh, Yes, Erin! Merry, merry christmas to you and your family…

      AND TO ALL OUR ARMED FORCES….

      A HUGE BANDITA THANK YOU! God bless and stay safe!! Merry Christmas!

  • Charline says:

    Merry Christmas to your family. So glad your daughter is doing okay. Hope she heals real quick.
    Would love to read all the bandito books.

  • Popping in to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a peaceful day! Off to make a cheeseball to prevent mutiny later! (I think they’d hold my presents hostage around here if I didn’t get this made one year!!!)

  • catslady says:

    Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone!! That was fascinating about Hallmark! We won’t be opening gifts until late tonight. My one daughter works and the other is with her significant other’s family lol. I’m in the process of making a turkey dinner but still have plenty of time!!

  • infinitieh says:

    Merry Christmas! So my niece has serendipity to thank fir her Angry Birds wrapping paper? lol

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Hahahah! Yes, yes she does. And we parents, aunts and so on have serendipity to curse for Sally Foster Gift Wrap sales at every single school in the nation. Hahahah!!

      Gotta go see if I can find a pic of that paper on the web. My son would love Angry Birds wrapping paper!

  • pearl says:

    Merry Christmas and happy new year. The presents are for the grandchildren and we open them the morning.

  • Barbara Elness says:

    I opened my presents last night, and I too try to open beautiful paper carefully because I appreciate lovely paper. I really loved my external hard drive that my son and daughter-in-law got me. There is just so much stuff on my computer that I wouldn’t want to lose, especially pictures, that’s it’s wonderful to be able to use the Time Machine feature on my Mac to keep everything backed up. It definitely made me smile, as well as spending the time with my son and daughter-in-law.

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Hey Barbara! I love your icon. Grins. Nothing like a woman with a book.

      Merrrrry Christmas! I’m always so relieved when I see the Backing Up Now! icon on my computer when I’m working, so I get that!

      Enjoy the rest of the holiday!

  • We celebrated last night with my brother Al and his wife and her father. We were happy to just be together. No one could afford to buy anything.

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Oooh, those tight holidays are always tough, arent’ they? We’ve had a few of those.

      But it reminds you that you’ve got one another, so ….yep. Still a good holiday!

      Merry Christmas, Denise, to you and yours!

  • Eileen A-W says:

    We don’t open presents on CHristmas, instead we open them on one of the nights of Hanukkah, when we can get all of the family together. That’s a hard thing to do with 4 adult kids. Merry Christmas to all who celebrate today.

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Hey Eileen! You’ve had your present fest early! Yay!! And yes, once everyon’s grown, it’s hard to get a night when they’re all together. :>

      Happy Holidays to you and yours, and Happy New Year!!

  • Kate, what a great post! I never knew that about Hallmark.

    We’ve had our stockings, brunch, and gifts. The boy is upstairs watching his new Simon Pegg movie, and the dh took the dog for a walk in our amazingly quiet neighborhood.

    The guys framed several of the prints I’ve gotten at Dragon*Con over the years but never hung because they didn’t have frames. The boy noted that several of the prints were not conventionally sized. “Who does that?” he demanded. “Why wouldn’t you make things easy for your customers.”

    I don’t know, of course, and I refrained from pointing out that the prints had sold despite their odd sizing.

    Anyway, we’ll be moving things around to hang those and a couple of other things later in the week.

    Thanks to everyone who stopped by the Lair this year, whether or not you felt inclined to comment. We love having our buddies join us.

    If you celebrate Christmas, I hope yours is merry. If you don’t, I hope you have a peaceful, easy day.

    I have to go check on my guys. Back later…

  • Patty L. says:

    Merry Christmas. I have had a wonderful day. The thing that out the biggest smile on my face actually happened last night. We had our annual Christmas Eve party and seeing everyone together and spreading stories of past years and wishes for future get together made my season complete. How else should you spend holidays if not with family and friends.

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      So true, Patty! LOVE the get together’s like that!!

      We had folks over for dinner last night and laughed and laughed – it was so good for the soul!

      Hugs and Merrrrry Christmas!

  • Marilyn L. says:

    Hi all we opened our presents yesterday and what made me smile is to see how much fun the little ones have with a pile of wrapping paper .. it seems more fun than what was inside the wrapper.. both my 1 year old nephew and niece had a ball in a mountain of wrapping and tissue paper… 🙂

    merry Christmas !

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Isn’t that the MOST fun, Marilyn? I love it when the kids enjoy the boxes and paper as much – or more – than the gifts.

      I remember one year when my eldest unwrapped a box – a big one – only to exclaim, “OH WOW! LOOK! BATTERIES!” because the batteries were taped to the top of the box. He thought that was just so cool….heehee.

  • bn100 says:

    Merry Christmas! Already opened them

  • Merry Christmas everyone!

  • Robyn says:

    Merry Christmas! This is awesome. There’s nothing better than receiving gift cards to my favorite book store!

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Ooooh! Yay, Robyn! Isn’t that a great gift? I got some gift cards as well and am just gloating over what I will get…

      I love gift cards because I give myself permission to buy odd books that I WANT, but don’t necessarily need….Grins.

  • Merry Christmas everyone. Looks like we’re getting another Christmas present because our roaster – the one that was cooking the turkey died. My husband ran out to find another so the turkey could cook before company comes. Oops – just returned – every store is closed. Turkey fills the whole oven. Oh well – we’ll have an interesting table.

    We’ve opened one round of gifts and I got a ceramic peacock :-). It was a great time.

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Oh, drat, Donna! You could use the grill! We did that one year when the oven broke in the middle of the turkey cooking. Grins. Grilled the turkey and made the sides in (very) small batches in the toaster oven! Hahah!! It worked and now is a story to tell….

      Happy Christmas to you, dear Bandita!!

  • Lianne says:

    Merry Christmas to all. What made me smile on Christmas Day was not getting rained when we went out! (it had been raining here on and off all day)

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Hey Lianne! Merrry – non-raining – Christmas! :> It poured here for three days BEFORE Christmas, then is bright and cold today. :>

      (Thank goodness all that rain came in the rare warm snap or we’d have Snowmaggedon all over again!!)

      Hope you’re high and dry now and having a fabulous Christamas!!

  • Karla H says:

    The best gift that I received this year was a Skype visit with my new grandbaby. How precious, all smiles and talk.

  • Jo Robertson says:

    Happy Holidays to all of our wonderful Banditas and the amazing Bandita Buddies who follow us. We appreciate YOU, and today, the thought of you enjoying your holidays with loved ones makes me smile!

  • EC Spurlock says:

    Merry Christmas to all the Banditas and to all the Buddies out there!

    We have kind of a depressing Christmas this year. We’ve unexpectedly spent the last week at the funeral of a favorite aunt and starting the task of cleaning out her house. Got home at 1 AM Monday night. Very few presents – no time to shop; small dinner – didn’t have time to get groceries before we left. No cookies, no time to bake although I had stored up tons of ingredients; and when I was making cinnamon rolls last night the flour bag leapt out of the cabinet of its own accord and smashed my favorite mixing bowl so thoroughly it looked like there was a car accident in my kitchen.

    But you know what made me smile? All the wonderful employees at LaGuardia, Hartsfield and Charlotte. They treated my husband like a celebrity, had wheelchairs and electric cars waiting for us at every venue, expedited us through security, hustled us through all the schedule and plane changes due to weather delays and the holiday crush, made sure he was comfortable and well taken care of, and not one of them would take a tip. They made a hellacious trip so much better, and they have my eternal gratitude.

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Awwww, EC, I’m so sorry that you had to go through that at the holidays. Deepest sympathies from our house (and Lair) to yours. I’m also glad that you could find some cheer and real courtesy in all those folk who helped get you through. Good for them! And Merry Christmas Fairy Dust to they and all their kin for making your tough time just a little less onerous!

      Am also so sorry about your favorite mixing bowl. I had a bag of floud do that death- leap just before Thanksgiving. What is it with the flour these days??? Anyway, it was a helacious mess to clean up, and that was without mixing bowl shards mixed up in there! YIKES!!! We need a flour-suicide-prevention hotline…

      Grins.

    • EC, I’m so sorry for your loss. Such things are particularly hard at the holidays. It’s good to hear that airport or airline employees so exerted themselves to make things easier.

      It’s too bad about your favorite bowl. Some years, everything seems to go wrong.

  • Kristin L says:

    Merry Christmas, and thanks for the wonderful giveaway. I too love beautiful wrapping paper, and would do the same – carefully remove it, and sometimes I would re-use it. Or I would cut out a swatch, aand put it in a manila envelope with special tags from presents, and Christmas cards, labeled for that year. So when I open it years later, it’s sort of a small reconstruction of that Christmas, maybe one when my kids were young, with kid paper, etc.

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      What a totally cool idea, Kristin!! Love that!

      I love beautiful papers and stationary. :> I have a hard time seeing the last of a roll of really great paper go….sigh. :>

  • ASHLEA HARVEY says:

    Merry Christmas!

  • Susan Sey says:

    Merry, merry Christmas, Banditas & buddies! Wishing you all the very best for the day & the season!

  • Connie Hendryx says:

    Opened all our presents earlier today….all in different paper…so fun! Thanks for this offer!

  • Marcy Shuler says:

    Merry Christmas, Banditas!

    Gifts have been opened, food has been eaten (dinner cooked by my 17 y.o. son) and now I’m ready for a nap. LOL

    I got a bookstore gift card from my MIL. 😉

  • pjpuppymom says:

    Merry Christmas, Bandits and BB’s! I hope you’ve all had a lovely Christmas. I’ve spent the day with my family of the heart. Now I’m home and catching up by phone with my family around the world. It’s been a great day. All of my presents made me smile because they were all made/bought with love and care.

  • Quilt Lady says:

    Merry Christmas, its been a wonderful couple of days. I spent yesterday with my family and today with my husbands family. Yes I did get gifts that made me smile. Its been a great year.

  • Okay, the clan Ferrell has been, opened, conquered and left! Highlights? Great food and good conversation. I got some fluffy green slippers and 3 pairs of earrings, Home Depot gift card (Hey I need new tile in the bathroom!) homemade facial masks and designer chocolates from my son! and the joy of watching everyone opening presents.

    Then my daughter Lyndsey sang O Holy Night while her hubby played the mandolin. How wonderful! And my other daughter Alison and her hubby downloaded their country/blues recordings to my computer…. Love gifts like these!

    Hope you’ve all had a wonderful day…off to snuggle with the puppy.

  • Janie McGaugh says:

    We opened presents earlier today. What made me smile was how excited my grandchildren were about their gifts.

  • Chelsea B. says:

    I had SUCH a wonderful Christmas! Everyone loved what I got them (WHEW!) and I loved tearing into my own presents. I am not one to save it 😉 I got the most amazing record player that I’m still going gaga over, and a Beatles record from my sister. I heart the Beatles like mad, so it was an amazing gift! I’m smiling while I type about it 😉
    I hope everyone’s was truly terrific!

  • Mozette says:

    I was on a really small budget this year. But I found I got everything everyone wanted or needed. There were laughs and light-heartedness all around and we loved what we all got.

    We had the ‘Orgy of Greed’ on 24th and then Christmas Day at Mum and Dad’s house where I was surprised to be given an Android Tablet but after 5 hours it broke – and all I was doing was looking at typing apps to use on it… darned thing. Well, it looks like Mum’ll have to take it back.

    Anyway, we arrived here at Brunswick Heads at around 1am this morning NSW time (as Queensland doesn’t have daylight saving time) and then we had siesta this afternoon before nibblies and now it’s getting close to dinner time… yep, it’s holidays time here. 😀

    • Amy Conley says:

      Mozette, I got FOUR tablets last year, one for each grandson and one for myself, and within one month all 4 had broken! Of course grandsons 1&2 both have family members who work on computers/tablets as their regular job, so theirs got repaired quickly. Mine…it took a good 6 weeks to get mine replaced and before this year was over it got stolen. I have given up on the tablet. I’m either getting myself a new laptop or a “Smart TV” where I can sign-in to the internet via a router, that way I get 2 gifts in 1 🙂 lol (I know, I’m greedy.)

  • Amy Conley says:

    As usual, I’m late to the party. Last night we went to the in-laws’ house to get as much ready for Christmas dinner as possible. Needless to say I also got sick. When we got home it was before this was posted and I just passed out. Just now getting the chance to catch up.
    No presents were opened last last night and most presents weren’t even wrapped til almost noon and not opened til after 5pm tonight/last night.
    I hope everyone here had a wonderful day celebrating or just having a quiet time, whatever you did I hope it was enjoyable.
    Amy

  • Anita H. says:

    Hope all the Banditas had a wonderful Christmas! Boy am I stuffed full of goodies! Had a terrific time with my family and got some great pressies too!

  • SecretNinja says:

    Merry Christmas a day late to the wonderful Banditas 🙂 Now that the craziness has died down, I”m getting set to go Boxing Day shopping. Had loads of fun and ate myself silly – which probably means I don’t fit any of the new clothes I got! ha – but I’m raring to go find some deals today!!

    Ada

  • Laurie G says:

    Hope everyone had a great holiday
    I’m looking forward to more reading time!
    THANKS!

  • sue foster says:

    Merry Christmas