. . . to be jolly." FA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA!
But not everyone is singing.
I recently caught up with a few sisters from a fellow service organization and learned that some of them were not doing so well. Between hospital stays, surgeries and therapies, many are dealing with overwhelming challenges. Needless to say, holiday festivities are not high on their priority list this year.
Knowing how vibrant these women used to be, I felt that I needed to do something to help lift their spirits. It did not take me long to figure out what to do. Each of the women is unique and has very distinct needs. I knew immediately that a gift basket, personalized to suit each particular situation would give them a little holiday cheer.
So, I set out to work. No ordinary cookie-cutter store-bought basket would do. Not for these special friends. I would have to create each one myself.
So for the Top Lady who had hip surgery and is still undergoing physical therapy, she would get a package containing a gift certificate for house cleaning, some of her favorite delicacies and her signature orchid. For the avid reader who is questioning her parenting, she will receive a swag bag with a taste of "Chicken Soup for the Mother's Soul" as well as some encouraging, inspired literature. For the one who is overwhelmed by life, a gilded box with soothing fragrances and a few other indulgences would be her gift . . . and so on and so forth . . .
I thoroughly enjoyed the idea of putting these packages together. Some thought, a little creativity and a smile made it all too easy. It is not so much about the gift as it is about the "giftee."
In the end, the real joy turned out to be mine, the "gifter's," because without any forethought, this Christmas, a brand new business was born.
. . . FA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA!"
Jennifer Lavern is a keen observer of the issues that affect how women view themselves and how they interact with their world.