My friend Judy pulled out her flowered hatbox. She opened it up so all of us could see the goodies nestled inside. Candles, framed quotes. A heart-shaped trinket. A pocket mirror. Gifts of all shapes and sizes.
Judy didn’t travel the world, but she makes a world of difference! She shops in her community all year and picks up gifts that tickle her funny bone, speak to her heart, or calls out one of her friends’ names as the perfect gift for Christmas or the next birthday.
Judy shared that she keeps her hatbox filled so she always has the perfect gifts for her family and friends. The women at the retreat left with ideas for their own hatbox.
But Judy’s hatbox didn’t start out as Judy’s hatbox. It started with Jean Marie, her friend from years ago. Her friend, Jean Marie, had a drawer full of gifts of all kinds. Judy carried on her tradition but kept it in a purple and blue, flowered hatbox. You could use a drawer, a hatbox or an organizer tote to do the same.
Many of us order online. It’s convenient, and there is nothing wrong with that. But the experiences you have when shopping local shops is a treasure in itself. Each shop has its own ambiance. You can touch, explore and discover in a way that you can’t online. And you are helping the local community and women-owned businesses. It’s a win-win situation!
There are many wonderful places in Springfield and the Ozarks, too. You might consider a certificate to a local theatre such as Springfield Contemporary Theatre, Juanita K. Hammons Hall or Springfield Little Theatre. The Zoo isn’t just for kids either. When was the last time you spent a day at the Dickerson Park Zoo? There are a variety of options locally. It may be a cliché, but it really is the thought that counts.
“It’s not how much we give, but how much love we put into giving.” Mother Teresa
Merry Christmas! I hope to see you soon on your very own gift-giving safari here in the Springfield area.
Paula Shumaker O’Donnell writes “Monday Motivation” for businesses, individuals, and publications such as “Guideposts Magazine,” “Mysterious Ways,” “Angels on Earth,” and “Woman’s World.”
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