One of the best Christmas gifts I ever received, I had to wait six months to use. On Christmas Eve 2005, my mother-in-law presented our whole family with tickets to see "The Lion King” at Tulsa’s Performing Arts Center.
In June 2006, my mother-in-law, sister-in-law, husband, older son, older niece and I watched enraptured as Julie Taymor’s grand vision of the Disney tale unfolded. (The first high note from the actress playing Rafiki marked the first time I felt my almost-2-year-old son kick in the womb.) As another holiday season approaches, that treasured recollection reminds me that arts, culture and learning experiences can make meaningful gifts. Oklahoma is dotted with museums, theater companies, art galleries and other cultural institutions. Tickets to see a play, a tour of an art exhibit or a piece of original artwork can spark a lasting love of the arts. Museum gift shops offer unusual and educational gifts. The Oklahoma City Museum of Art sells art books and kits to inspire youngsters.