Each year I host an annual party for some wonderful women in my life. We designate local charities to donate to, all under the guise of a cocktail party and "girl’s night in.” It is win-win. We have been self-dubbed as The Broad Squad.
Thanksgiving has past, Hanukkah is here and Christmas, Kwanzaa and New Year’s are just around the corner. In a blink of an eye we give, give, give to every ringing bell and every list until we often teeter on the fence of debt in order to keep up with the commercialism that has infiltrated our tinsel and flier-filled world.
Let’s flash back to simpler times, when giving was better than getting; when giving our time and ourselves was the true gift. Remember that the little things really do mean a lot. The holidays are a wonderful opportunity for women to activate their inner activists.
Each year I host an annual party for some wonderful women in my life. The guests include family, colleagues, mothers and lifelong friends. We designate local charities to donate to, all under the guise of a cocktail party and "girl’s night in.” It is win-win. We have been self-dubbed as The Broad Squad.
This type of party allows us to be a part of a larger charitable feminist collection that is empowering. The effects are exponential as it reminds us that we truly can make a difference in our communities. Guests bring a bag or two of groceries for the local food pantry and a small donation to another charity, rather than a hostess gift or bottle of wine. Trust me, when you get all those women together, people still bring wine.
We women have skills and talents we can share. We have wisdom and smiles and recipes that can benefit others, especially during these wintry holidays and economic uncertainty.
You can bake for people, or donate your time to a senior facility. You can remember those in need this season and the troops serving our country. You can spend time with your loved ones and share smiles and fun with friends. Fill your lives with fa-la-la-la laughter. Remember, giving of yourself is one of the greatest gifts.
Dianne McDonald is a working mother of five, who lives in Marshfield, Mass., with her husband and kids.