This year our presents to others are wrapped in brown paper and covered in drawings. Our gifts have to travel in a couple of different directions, so years ago we learned not to cover them in ribbons and bows. I like the simplicity of having a nice roll of brown kraft paper on hand, and once we stopped having to sell and buy gift wrap for school fundraisers, I stopped buying gift wrap altogether. I reuse the boxes from the office – we always have tons on hand – and then when I’m sitting down relaxing with family I doodle. If you know me very well, you know that I don’t sit still – at least not for very long. And if you’ve ever sat next to me in a meeting, you’ll know that I have a pen going the entire time. It’s much more fun to draw on Christmas gifts and think of the recipient than to sit through long meetings. Maybe I should show up at the next one with a few brown paper packages, a black pen and a white colored pencil. I might get a few looks, but I’d be sure to get a lot done.