For Better or For Worse by Lynn Johnston

For Better or For Worse

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  1. pouncingtiger

    pouncingtiger said, almost 2 years ago

    It’s certainly one of Elly’s gifts.

  2. IndyMan

    IndyMan said, almost 2 years ago


    Oh, yee of little faith, Ms Newman. Ellie would never be that mean.

  3. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, almost 2 years ago

    Lynn’s Notes:
    I love to wrap gifts. This happy pastime evolved when I worked in my parents’ gift and jewellery store. We offered a gift-wrapping service and mom was an expert. At the back of the shop there was a table all set up for this. Long rolls of wrapping paper and rolls of ribbon hung conveniently above the table where Mom kept tape, scissors, gift cards, and all kinds of floral toppers – for that final touch. She showed me how to fold the edges of the paper so the bottom and the sides of the package were beautifully neat. We made huge puffy bows with paper ribbon, and we “stripped” the ties ‘til they curled. Gift-wrapping was a job I loved and the customers came back again and again for our wrapping skills … and just to visit. We had one of those shops that went the extra mile! I still love to gift-wrap, and I’ve passed the skills on to my daughter who has taken this to an even higher level – she makes gift baskets that are too beautiful to open!

  4. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, almost 2 years ago


    Don’t be such a pessimist about Ellie.

  5. Kab Buch

    Kab Buch said, almost 2 years ago

    Nice wrapping and just seconds to tear down.


  6. neatslob

    neatslob said, almost 2 years ago

    @Kab Buch

    Oh, I don’t know about that. For a long time my Mom was one who would try to save all the wrapping paper and bows. It would take her forever to open a present, and would drive us kids crazy. We opened presents one at a time, and my Dad wouldn’t hand out the next present until she was done.

  7. lightenup

    lightenup GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    It certainly would be a pleasure to get one of those. Unfortunately, I’m practical, so my wrapping skills are limited to wrapping paper and occasionally some curling ribbon. But I do write my kids’ names on the paper so that it’s hidden, and they love trying to find that.

  8. summerdog

    summerdog said, almost 2 years ago

    With the presents I give, the less expensive the gift, the more fancy wrapping it received. You hope you get a plain one from me with a bow taped on top. Better yet, just thrown in a Christmas bag with tissue.

  9. ewalnut

    ewalnut said, almost 2 years ago

    I used to enjoy curling the ribbons with a scissors. Now they don’t sell those kinds of ribbons anymore in local shops and all you do is plonk a bow on top.

  10. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, almost 2 years ago

    We wouldn’t save the paper but did the bows and such. Could be used again another time.

  11. JanCinLV

    JanCinLV said, almost 2 years ago

    My dad was meticulous and careful about opening his gifts. He carried a pocket knife and used it to slit the tape and then remove the paper and refold it. Only then would he look at what was inside. And if the box was taped shut, out came the pocket knife again. We, too opened gifts one at a time, and it was agonizing watching him. (I miss him so at Christmas time. I wish he were here to pull out that old pocket knife again.)

  12. gaebie

    gaebie said, almost 2 years ago


    “I just hope there’s stuff IN those packages.
    Check in with “Curtis” (not in GoComics). His mom did just that! Gift wrapped an empty box. She knew he would open it early.

  13. JanCinLV

    JanCinLV said, almost 2 years ago


    The ribbon is still out there, you have to search for it, though. I use strips of wrapping paper for “to/from” tags, and they too will curl when you slide the paper carefully along the edge of a scissors blade. Hold the scissors diagonally against the paper for a nice little tube effect.

  14. oldman2013

    oldman2013 said, almost 2 years ago


  15. earlcorley

    earlcorley said, almost 2 years ago

    `It is better to give than to receive` means Love trumps magic. Fanciful twrappings only need impress fools (both sides of the tissue).

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