My daughters are both very skilled at putting together theme gifts for me and for each other. They pick out something that is interesting or sentimental and pack a container with items to match the theme. They each gave me a theme box for Christmas.
My older daughter filled a beautiful Christmas box with items to commemorate one of our favorite Christmas stories, The Christmas Memory by Truman Capote. This is a memoir of Truman Capote’s Christmas when he was seven years old and living with an elderly aunt. They were “best friends” and spent the year saving pennies so they could make fruitcakes to send to people they liked (such as President Roosevelt) and to buy something for each other as Christmas gifts.
My box was filled with pecans which the boy and his aunt gathered from freefalls in the woods, a bottle of bourbon such as they bought from a local bootlegger, and a fruitcake. There was also a box of chocolate covered cherries, the kind that Buddy, the boy, longed to give to his aunt but could never afford, along with a slingshot which they did make and give to each other one year.
There was also a beautiful, delicate cup with a bird decoration similar to what the aunt used and a bag of “AM Coffee – amen” to remember a coffee-naming contest they entered.
My daughter made up a small 4×6 shadow box containing miniature versions of the gifts Buddy really wanted to give his aunt: a radio, a pearl-handled jack-knife and chocolate covered cherries, along with the gift she hoped to get for him one day – a bike. Also, shown are the actual gifts they could manage: a slingshot and a kite.
This a wonderful book and the TV version is available on YouTube. Be sure to watch the old one with Geraldine Page – a treasure.
My younger daughter knows I’m sentimental about the WW II days and also interested in the women’s movement, so she combined these interests in a big box covered with reprints of old WW II posters.
Her gifts included a pair of slippers handmade from a 1942 knitting pattern, a book, Lipstick Brigade, The Untold True Story of Washington’s World War II Government Girls …
…a 1942 issue of Life magazine with an article on knitting, an interest we share…
…a framed picture of modern women of all types and abilities speaking up for their rights …
…and Rosie the Riveter on a pin with a modern slogan.
These gifts are so much fun to open and I appreciate the extra time, thought and effort it takes to assemble them. I’m already looking forward to the next one.
Last Christmas, I asked my younger daughter (an experienced and avid knitter) to gift me with a box of knitting supplies so I could try once again to knit and make some useful items for one of the many charities she supports. She gave me a wonderful package of instructions, needles, markers and a good supply of red, white and blue yarn. The yarn was specifically for Knit-Your-Bit, a program at the National WWII Museum in New Orleans. http://www.nww2m.com/2016/09/knit-your-bit-celebrates-10-years-50000-scarves-for-veterans/
They collect hand-knit scarves for veterans and one event I especially admire is the gift of a scarf to each veteran who comes to the museum on November 11. My first projects were scarves for this cause …
…and I later made some in different colors ….
My daughter usually makes one scarf a month for this cause and a week or so ago packaged up all of the scarves we had made this year and shipped them to the museum. Imagine my delight when a picture appeared on their Facebook page showing a gentleman holding one of my scarves!
A close-up of the tag that’s on the scarf reveals that it was part of our large group of scarves – how amazing is that?
I love thinking that a veteran will be wearing one of our scarves or one of the hundreds that have been donated from across the country.