One of my Facebook buddies in England had asked me for my mailing address back in December. I thought she was going to mail a Christmas card to me, which is what I sent her when she gave me her address in return. Well, I got a big surprise today – a late Christmas gift from her!
I guess because it was coming from England that the shipments take a lot longer to arrive. She mailed it 2 weeks before Christmas and I am just now getting it. That was a long time in the mail – even though I admit it was a very long trip from England across the Atlantic to probably New York and then all the way down here.
I feel badly, though. I only sent her a Christmas card and did not send her a gift. I wish she had said something – I would have loved to pick out something uniquely American and send it to her as a gift. I guess I will have to find out when is her birthday and send her a birthday gift, instead.
Last night was our office’s annual holiday party. This year we had it at the country club of a gated community in the rich part of town. You have to show ID at a gate to get in the neighborhood and the guards need to either see an invitation with your name on it or they call the party host to get their OK to let you in. Wow! That was a trip!
The club house is huge is not only well decorated with very nice furniture and art, but the holiday decorations were fantastic. They had one of the tallest indoor trees I’ve ever seen, with a miniature train track running around the base of the tree and along part of the wall. And poinsettia flowers in big pots were everywhere.
We had a live band AND a deejay to keep music going the entire time. The dinner was surf and turf and we had an open bar. I was just so very impressed with how extravagant the party was compared to last year. I know we have all been working really hard this whole year, and I guess we deserved this special treat at Christmas.
At the end of the evening, our CEO made a few announcements. One was a big surprise, our VP of HR is leaving the company and moving to California. I was not expecting that and can’t believe our rumor mill overlooked that big news.
The best part was we each left with a Starbucks coffee mug and a Starbucks gift card preloaded with $100 on it. And in the mug was also a gift card from the Galleria Mall for $500!!!! I can use the gift card at any of the stores or go cash it in. Woot! Thank you, boss!
I’ve been asking family and friends to give me ideas about what they want for Christmas. So far they all just shrug and don’t really say much of anything. And it makes me wonder if the answer they give me is the same answer they are giving anyone else who asks them.
When I was a kid I don’t remember ever having any problem a long list of toys and games that i wanted from Santa. We went every year to sit on Santa’s lap and assure him that we’ve been good all year and truly deserve all the toys of our dreams. I still make a list of things that I want to buy, but instead of giving it to Santa I keep a running wish list on Amazon.
The cool thing about the Amazon wish list is that you can access it from any computer or mobile device and price shop or decide to get it from the local source or Amazon. If I get it, the item comes off the list. If I haven’t bought anything for a while, Amazon sends me a little reminder and says, “How about buying something for yourself for a change? You deserve a treat!” and they list 3 or 4 things from the wish list. I think that is really clever marketing and other businesses would be smart to learn this technique.