Playing tag again
If you have the skills to cut out stars, you can produce classy gift tags. Either:
- Cut a star shape out of gold or silver card and punch a hole in one point or
- Cut a star shape out of gold or silver paper and paste it onto coloured card and punch a hole in the corner
Christmas Day 1970: After the final amen, the congregation spilled out of the church and into the churchyard. We children were desperate to get home to open the presents under the tree but the adults lingered to catch up with old friends and neighbours and they chatted about cakes and cousins and crops while we tugged at their sleeves and wheedled.
“You’re talking about the weather!” hissed an outraged Linda to her mother. “Don’t waste Christmas Day on rainfall!”
Auntie Betty administered a token rebuke but she did draw her conversation to a speedy conclusion and then she rounded up the adults with the efficiency of a sheepdog and we all headed home. (She used the turkey as the excuse but I believe the grown-ups were nearly as keen to open their presents as we were.)
 The easiest way to do this is with a proper hole punch but my friend Jill kept her restless son William occupied for a whole half hour once by giving him a hammer and a nail to pierce the gift tags with. (It kept her occupied for a whole half hour too because she felt it prudent to stand by with a watchful eye and a first aid kit.)
 That’s star power for you.