Christmas Debate: Parcels

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Christmas Debate: Parcels

Postby Gail Allen » Fri Dec 01, 2017 9:48 pm

Many of us have been the child who crawled under the tree to feel up the wrapped parcels, trying to guess what was inside.
The most noticeable difference would of course be whether the parcel was hard and maybe even 'box shaped', or soft and somewhat sounded.

But the question I pose to you is: Which is better? The hard box shaped parcel, or the soft slightly rounded parcel.
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Re: Christmas Debate: Parcels

Postby Shadow Gaunt » Sat Dec 02, 2017 2:42 am

The hard, box shaped parcel of course, since it was always most likely to be a book. In fact, it was always (except for one time) a book.
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Re: Christmas Debate: Parcels

Postby Scarlett Lacarnum » Wed Dec 13, 2017 12:08 am

The hard, box shaped parcel is better. It leaves more to mystery and suspense as it can hold many items. Hopefully you can hold out long enough to open it on Christmas morning and not before. I used to wrap obvious shapes presents in large box shapes just to throw off the recipient.
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Re: Christmas Debate: Parcels

Postby Shiloh Adlar » Thu Dec 14, 2017 2:04 am

I always liked the box shaped presents simply because they looked neater under the tree. A lot of times, my presents would include new books or dance wear that was put into a cardboard box. As Scarlett said, boxes can hold so many different presents whereas if it it's soft and rounded, I can often guess what it might be just by feeling it. I really liked to remain surprised until I finally unwrap the gift.
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Re: Christmas Debate: Parcels

Postby Shadow Gaunt » Tue Feb 13, 2018 12:59 pm

Both Scarlett

Scarlett Lacarnum wrote:It leaves more to mystery and suspense as it can hold many items...I used to wrap obvious shapes presents in large box shapes just to throw off the recipient.


And Shiloh

Shiloh Adlar wrote:... boxes can hold so many different presents whereas if it it's soft and rounded, I can often guess what it might be just by feeling it. I really liked to remain surprised until I finally unwrap the gift.


Talk about the mystery and suspense of a square box. Indeed, with a square parcel you cannto guess what is inside, however, it is quite easy to play the “infinite box”prank. You put more and more boxes inside larger boxes, creating a sort of “matreshka” and the receives of the gift feel extremely disappointed. That happened to me once, I got a large box about 2 feet in each way. However, there were about 10 more boxes inside and the actual present was a piece of paper saying “Gotcha!” I, of course was very mad.

And yet I do feel like boxed presents are much neater and do hold the element of surprise. Even if there are some people who feel like such immature pranks are funny, they are few.
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Re: Christmas Debate: Parcels

Postby Finn Cullen » Mon May 21, 2018 9:55 pm

Hard box shaped parcels are clearly better - they can contain ANYTHING and usually something interesting. Plus when you've opened it up you can keep the box and use it for boxy purposes (eg putting things in, standing on it if it's strong enough etc). Soft squishy parcels tend to be something rubbish like socks or netherbreeches that you don't want as a present anyway but they tend to be given to you by old aunties that don't know what you're actually interested in. Giving things like that as gifts is a rubbish idea - at the very least an Amazon gift card or something would be better than eg monogrammed handkerchiefs or a new set of robes.
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