Magazine article Ebony

25 Gifts Every Black Woman Should Give Herself for Christmas

Magazine article Ebony

25 Gifts Every Black Woman Should Give Herself for Christmas

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As usual, it was a blast. One of the best times I've had all year. And not just be cause the eggnog was delicious, the honeybaked ham delectable and every single Sister who sat down at the table to enjoy them both had cleared her calendar of everything--babies, business, boyfriends.

As I've mentioned before in this column, before my Sister-friends and I get caught up in celebrating the season--the marathon of tree-trimming/party-giving/gift-shopping/mall hopping--we have a tradition: At an annual holiday luncheon, we set aside our diets and our deadlines and spend an entire afternoon celebrating one another.

As we found out from the first time we did it, there is something empowering about a gathering of Black women, something amazingly affirming and good for the soul. As my friend Beth so eloquently describes the experience: "It's a major surgery for the spirit."

She's right, of course. Which is why, for my 10 closest Sister-friends and me, our all-female holiday luncheon has become more than a time to stuff ourselves on drumsticks and dressing and catch up on one another's lives. I don't know how or when it happened, but in the 10 years we have been having them, this annual get-together has grown into a not-to-be-missed tradition as sacred as homemade rolls and sweet potato pies, an afternoon when we give each other the most precious gift of all--our time, our attention, our Christmas presence--instead of mere store-bought Christmas presents.

Sometimes the luncheon is uproarious (like the time my friend Sharon told us about the first time she cooked Christmas dinner for her husband's family and discovered at the table that she had left the bag of giblets in the turkey) and sometimes it is uplifting (when she described the way her mother-in-law, bless her heart, acted like finding the giblet bag in the bird was no big deal and saved the dinner and the evening by calling out for pizza), but this year it was both. …

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