Leigh Anne Tuohy for AARP: Women: The Warriors of the Holiday Season

December 6th, 2011

By, Leigh Anne Tuohy
December 6, 2011

Some things get better with time. The holidays to me fall into that category. We seem to linger with friends a little longer, recognize the true meaning of the season, really enjoy watching all the wonderful classic holiday movies, converse over special ornaments as we hang them on the tree, and on and on….It is only the first of December and I have already watched “Miracle on 34th Street” and “It’s a Wonderful Life.”

Do you remember in “It’s a Wonderful Life” after Clarence the angel showed George Bailey what his town would have been like if George had never been born? Clarence’s quote to George was “Strange, isn’t it? Each man’s life touches so many other lives. When he isn’t around he leaves an awful hole, doesn’t he?” I’m going to flip this quote to the feminine side for just a minute. What would happen if we removed women from the holiday equation? What would that hole look like that Clarence referred to when speaking with George Bailey? In my humble opinion, Santa is not the only one who delivers during the holidays. The ladies are expected to deliver with as much consistency as the big guy in the red suit.

I consider women the warriors of the season! Ladies, most of this holiday “stuff” falls into our wheel house. Sean’s biggest responsibility is to pay and carry. Now those are big; don’t get me wrong, but do they create a legacy or photos for the “Memories Book”? Absolutely not. The Legacy of the Holiday Season is typically created and handed down by you guessed it…women.

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