They Might Celebrate Boxing Day Across the Pond…

…but right here in Michigan, I celebrate ‘boxing season.’

Nope, it’s not about the guys who don gloves and beat one another half to death. It’s about…boxes. Lots and lots of boxes. Boxes in all shapes and sizes. And this is the time of year I start to collect them.

What??? I imagine you’re scratching your head and wondering about my sanity now. Don’t worry, a lot of people wonder about that, too, so you’re not alone.

Why do I collect boxes? Because I need them for Christmas gifts, of course. I don’t like to buy commercial gift boxes. Since they’re all pretty much the same shape, rectangular, I think it makes it look boring under the tree.

So I save boxes from crackers, cereal, toaster pastries, vitamins, and just about every other kind that comes into my house. I always save way too many, but when you don’t really know what you’re going to need, you might as well make sure you’ve got a large variety to choose from. Besides, it doesn’t really matter whether I throw them out in September or December.

It’s not as bad as it sounds. I break them all down so they’re flat and don’t take up a whole lot of space. Then when it’s time to wrap things, a couple of strips of tape and they’re good to go. My tree looks the way I want it to look underneath, I’m happy…win/win.

I’m not the only one who has a love affair with boxes though. My cats are even more over the moon about them than I am – just not for the same reason. They think of them more like a chaise lounge. Seeing sixteen pound Sam packed into a size eight shoe box is hilarious. Not quite as funny as before he dropped ten pounds though.

But larger cats than Sam enjoy them, too…


Do you save boxes in preparation for gift wrapping? Or am I just weird that way? I like to think of it as more of a recycling kind of thing, but yeah…I suppose it would qualify as weird, too.

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2 Responses to They Might Celebrate Boxing Day Across the Pond…

  1. I’m going to go with… you’re just weird that way. But we love you for your weirdness, so it’s win-win for us, too. I think it would be fun to wake up on Christmas morning and never know what box you’re going to unwrap. Did you get the toaster strudel box or a shoe box? Who got the Ritz cracker box? Plus, you get something inside which makes it even more awesome!

    I might have to start doing this. But then, I’d leave some boxes empty just to keep them guessing… ’cause I’m weird like that.

    • Kristy K. James says:

      I love all of you for your weird and quirky ways, too. 🙂

      I LOVE using different boxes for gifts. When I was about 14 I wanted to wrap a $5.00 bill around a tampon and wrap it in a tampon box for the cousins name-drawing at my grandparents house…but my mom wouldn’t let me. I’d drawn a male cousin’s name and thought it would be perfect. As an adult, I realize it would have embarrassed the snot out of him…so yes, it would have been perfect. 😀 😀 😀

      If you do start saving boxes, be careful with the little ones. When my oldest daughter was two, I found the most adorable stuffed animal…and wrapped it in a Little Debbie cake box. Let me tell you…her eyes lit up brighter than the Christmas tree when she saw the box…and the whole adorable-ness factor was lost when she realized there were no cakes in the box. So if you’ve got a kid or toddler on your list, use an ugly, unappealing box. 🙂

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