What Moms Want for ChristmasDec 12, 2013
Generally it’s mom who's responsible for making Christmas happen for their families. They do it all: wrap the presents, stuff the stockings, send out the cards and often neglect themselves. Dr. Kirtly Jones asked some mothers what they want for Christmas. Some of the answers you’ve heard before, some might surprise you. Regardless, you’ll get some good gift ideas that will make this Christmas season less stressful and more enjoyable for mom. Moms, be sure to tell us in the comments what you want for Christmas that would make your life easier or less stressful.
Dr. Jones: What does Mom want for Christmas? I've got some ideas for you next on The Scope.
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Dr. Jones: I had the opportunity in the last week to ask five women who work in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology about what they were thinking about what would be their best gift. First we're going to listen to Dr. Kathleen Digre, neuro-ophthalmologist and head of the Center of Excellence in Women's Health.
Dr. Digre: I think its wrapping presents and especially when I have a whole bunch to wrap. It just drives me crazy.
Dr. Jones: A lot of women complain about wrapping. Now I personally think that wrapping with some alcohol and a lot of loud music at 10:00 at night is perfectly appropriate but a lot of women don't like wrapping and Dr. Digre would give up a lot to let someone else wrap. What do you do about this? First of all shop locally because local small shops will often wrap for you. There must be a small person in your neighborhood who would like about $5 an hour to do the wrapping for you. So find a small person, not too small, somewhere between 8 and 14, to do your wrapping for you and pay them just a little bit.
Next we're going to talk to Ann Deneris who's a nurse practitioner in women's health and has made her life taking care of women and now mid-life women.
Ann Deneris: I think that women should give themselves a treat as a wonderful massage. An hour-long massage.
Dr. Jones: Now, you don't want to give the mom the one-hour massage after Christmas. You may want to give her a Thanksgiving pre-Christmas one-hour massage. The one-hour deep massage where no one is--with the telephone turned off, where no one needs to be responded to, and a woman can just be empty-headed at the hands of her masseuse, might be an ideal choice for some women. And that's what Ann thinks would be ideal and what she'd like to get for Christmas.
The next person we're going to talk to is Erika Lindley. Erika is the chief financial officer for the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. So she's a mother. She also works for the Women and Children's Service Line and she's very busy.
Ms. Lindley: The gift of time, a couple hours, to do anything I'd like to do.
Dr. Jones: She wants time. She wants two hours but what she wants is two hours of complete her time whether it's sitting in the bathtub or taking a walk. Somewhere where someone else is doing all the things that she would be doing at home. Now that's a pretty easy gift to give for a husband, not so easy for a three-year-old to give. But it's an easy gift for a husband or a friend. To give the woman who's running the Christmas two hours of untapped-in time that's all her own. And I think it should be 2 hours a day for five days or two hours a day for the 12 days of Christmas. That sounds perfect to me.
The next person is Kirtly Jones, that's me. I have done all of our stockings through the years that we've been doing Christmas here in Salt Lake. And I actually enjoy doing stockings but what's made me sad and made me have this wish year after year is that someone would do my stocking. Because part of the stocking business is that what's in the stocking is a surprise. It's kind of like how boring it is to eat the food that you prepared because you've already tasted it. And it isn't new anymore. So although I might put things in my stocking that I might need like a new toothbrush or some extra AA batteries what I'd really like is for my family to take over my stocking for me.
There were several gift ideas that your mom, the mom who makes your Christmas might want for Christmas. But the best thing you might offer your mom is to ask her. What one thing could you do for her this Christmas?
Our last person that we're going to be talking to today is Ronalee Ellis and Ronalee is the voice of obstetrics and gynecology. She is the person who picks up the phone when people call the department and she's a mother and a grandmother. I think what she wants speaks for itself.
Ms. Ellis: My Christmas wish is for everybody to be happy and grateful for what they have, just appreciate the love and the spirit of the season.
Dr. Jones: This is Dr. Kirtly Jones and I hope you all have a wonderful holiday and remember to do things for each other.
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