Yes, it is that time of the year AGAIN…I can’t believe we are hearing Holiday music already and seeing lit trees in the stores. In our part of the country, this hits us even harder because it is still 75 degrees outside. It’s like we don’t even realize summer has passed (Other than our football Saturdays) and all of a sudden we have to buy Halloween Candy. It may be 75 degrees on Christmas day, time will tell; It has happened here many times before. Last year, our wedding was on December 1st, and I was more than happy to welcome the 70 and sunny weather we had on our wedding day-it was PERFECT! But this year, since I don’t have to be in a wedding dress outside for photos, I have to admit I am ready for the comfy cozy fire weather to arrive already.
I absolutely love the summers here in Charleston, but THIS truly is the most wonderful time of the year for so many reasons. As soon as I see Pumpkin Spice Latte up on the Starbucks board, I am prepared for the next 3 months of excitement. Holiday Meals, Family, Gifts to buy, Santa music, decorating trees, decorating everything, the list goes on.
But what also makes this the most wonderful time of the year is the chance it gives each of us to step back and reflect on what we have accomplished over the past 9-10 months, and Thank our lucky stars that we are where we are. This has been a BIG year for many of my best friends who have welcomed new babies into their families, have opened new restaurants, and have married their lifelong friends. What fun it has been to celebrate in all of this with each of them.
It is at this time of the year that I start putting my list together of how I will Thank each person who has helped me this year-that is right, I don’t typically make a wish list for myself, I make a wish list of what I want to give to others. Each of you that knows me well knows that I HATE opening gifts in front of people, which is why I think on the flip side, I LOVE gifting others and watching them.
An easy way to say Thank you and show you are thinking of someone is to send a card. My mother taught me early early in life that a hand written note goes a long way (I am pretty sure I couldn’t even sign my name before she was sending cards signed “Love, Sarah”). Sending Holiday Cards is an easy way to Thank your customers for all they have done for you over the year, and to show that you are thinking of them this Holiday Season. I challenge each of you to at least find the time to do this simple task this season. Even if you don’t have the time to address them, this Holiday Card Website can customize your card, and even address it for you!