Again, I’m sharing my secret for the best holiday party ever and I hope as many of you as possible will copy the idea – if not this year then next.
Invite all your friends over for brunch, lunch or dinner and have them bring a book for a child in need. Have paper, scissors, and tape on hand for everyone to wrap the books, and put a Post-it on each book indicating what age it's for. I’ve been giving a Bring-a-Book Lunch for my girlfriends and students for the past seven years and it’s become a traditional holiday party at our house. Since I don’t have the time or inclination to cook, I just buy a lot of party size frozen lasagna, a ready to eat ham, fix lots of salad, and have plates of Trader Joe cookies for dessert. This year about fifty women came – some with whole boxes of books. All the books are going to an inner city school in LA (a school that doesn’t even have books for the classrooms, let alone each child owning his or her own book) and also to Ocean Park Community Center in Santa Monica.
As for the slightly sexist nature of this party, I took a vote the first year about whether to add guys and – what can I say? They wanted to keep it an all girl party. (And if I missed any of you who usually come to this, please let me know for next year. My address list is a mess.).
Here’s another way to help kids get books: Check out the website for the Bring Me A Book Foundation www.bringmeabook.org/ - This amazing organization serves kids who don’t have access to good books.
One more thing - We’re all got enough stuff, right? This year I’m giving my grandchildren shower heads and paint for Brad Pitt’s project for rebuilding the lower 9th Ward in New Orleans. Check this website out: www.makeitrightnola.org You can send them $10.00 or buy a whole house for $150,000.
A brief update on my last post: My husband is fine, but it turns out that Charlotte the cat is diabetic and I’m now giving her two shots of insulin a day. I’d love to hear from any of you who are going through this with your own cat or dog.