Sunday, December 2, 2012

Red Hatters Celebrate the Holiday Season

   My Red Hat chapter had its annual Christmas Party on Saturday.  The Red Hat Society is an organization for women, and there are more than three thousand chapters across the states and other countries. Our group is called the "Improper Bostonians", and we had lunch with almost fifty members.  The number 50 is relevant to us because we need to be at least fifty years old in order to wear a red hat and a purple outfit.  Those under fifty wear a pink hat and lavender.  Each month we celebrate birthdays, and we are asked to wear a purple hat and red outfit to signify the event.  We try to leave our problems at home and just have fun for a few hours.  We do get pretty silly at times, and its nice to see everyone laughing and having a good time.  Many of us get to go to plays and events that our husbands would not enjoy, which gets them off the hook.
    I've read that having a support network is very important as we age.  We are there for each other through emails, and many close friendships have been formed.  It really is a powerful tool, and I'm glad that I'm a part of it.  Many of the women in our group work at the same hospital, although more are retiring each year.  This year we celebrated my sister's sixtieth birthday, and a bunch of her former lunch buddies surprised her by attending.  We all brought a small gift, and I'm happy that we pulled it off without her knowing about it.
    Our group donates to several charities throughout the year.  The funds are raised by adding a little bit to the cost of each event.  We all pay a set amount, and the extras are forwarded to the charity of the month.  It  is an easy way to give back, and we can feel good about helping others.  Some chapters volunteer as well, and we can do as much or as little as we like, which keeps a lot of us active and involved.
     Enjoy the season everyone......and the beat goes on.....the beat goes on.......

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