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The Four Regulations of Christmas


December 15, 2017 - "Wrapping Up Regulations"

We’re just over two weeks away from Christmas Day! If you’re anything like me, your Christmas tree is decorated, your children and grandchildren are counting down the days until Santa arrives, and you’ve started, but certainly not finished, shopping for the perfect gift for your loved ones.

As joyous and festive as this season is, I could not let the opportunity pass to highlight yet another Christmas activity regulated by the federal government – wrapping presents! Yes, believe it or not, the federal government even has regulations about the sale of wrapping paper.

Under the Fair Packaging and Labeling Act, the Federal Trade Commission requires consumer commodities such as wrapping paper, to include labels that identify the item in the package, name and place of business of the manufacturer, and the quantity in terms of weight, measure, or numerical content. As if we’re not able to discern that a roll of wrapping paper is in fact a roll of wrapping paper! While this may not be a harmful regulation, it is a prime example of the government’s interference in our daily lives.

Happy gift wrapping!