I hope each of you had a wonderful Christmas and that your New Year is off to a terrific start.
My Christmas was fantastic, spending it at home with family and friends. After a short but restful trip to the mountains, I’m heading into 2013 with a whole bunch of new energy.
I don’t know if you noticed it or not, but during December I heard a lot more people wishing one another “Merry Christmas” than I have in a long time.
I’m certainly not taking any credit for it, but maybe the message I’ve been trying to get across through my song, “Still Believing In Christmas,” is starting to sink in.
Like I say in the song, I’m not trying to preach or tell anyone else that they can’t celebrate the holiday of their faith any way that they might see fit. I just want to celebrate Christmas for what it means to me, and that is the birth of Christ. For everyone who sent me a “Merry Christmas” card or said “Merry Christmas” in person this year, I thank you.
Speaking of saying things in person, I had a salesperson in a neighborhood drug store say something to me when I stopped in for a few last minute goodies that knocked my socks off. When I paid for my items at her register she not only said, “Merry Christmas,” but she added, “Thank you for shopping with us. We appreciate your business.”
I was so surprised to hear that that I was speechless at first. I walked out of the store, got about halfway to my car, then turned around and walked back in. I went over to her register and said, “It’s been a long time since anybody in any store told me that they appreciated my business. I rarely even hear “thank you” these days. It’s usually just a half-hearted, “Have a nice day.” I really appreciated what you said, and I’ll be back.”
Being raised in a small town in the south as I was, I’ve been used to “please” and “thank you’s” most of my life. I guess I didn’t realize how much I had missed it. To many workers today, what they do to earn their paycheck is just a job, and they don’t have any reason to appreciate my business. That’s what made this lady’s words so special.
Here’s to a “Lucky 13” for us all….and thank you for stopping by our website today. I appreciate your business.