In case you all had thought I was pushing Christmas I was kidding when I said “bring on the Christmas Carols” in the previous posting.
I think we all need a time to stop and think of some of the blessings we have had through the year and over the many years of our lives. Oh yes, we may have had some problems and for some even losses over the year so far but if we take the time to shove that behind us we can usually think of some of the good things we had received as well. We can always, always find even if it is in subtle ways that we have been blessed. So lets us at least take time to have a day of Thanksgiving and be thankful that we had those moments this year.
Working in retail for many years I always dreaded seeing Halloween getting close because I knew that along with the Halloween decorations we would really be gearing up for Christmas at the same time. The trees would be trimmed as we were putting out the costumes. Aisles and aisles of decorations would be stocked with Halloween and Christmas displays and gift ideas.
And in one little four foot section you might find some Thanksgiving table clothes and napkins, or if you were lucky you might see a turkey candle, and all having nothing to do with giving thanks and thanks-giving.
Yes that is when retail makes its money and usually their sales quotes for the year and I understand that as a once retail person. But I also knew I was going to hear the same complaints heard over and over again, ‘Christmas already?” “We have not even had Halloween yet!” “And what about Thanksgiving.”
I understood each and every person that voiced those sentiments because they were my own.
And in case you may not know it, we who work in retail are not that happy about the “Black Friday” stampede either.
Hey, they just work there and the majority are really trying to please you. Oh the times I wanted to say that to people “I just work here” and also say, “I do not do the ordering it is done by computer inventories and I cannot help it if there are no more Dancing Elmo's or Baby What's’ its name”. But we try to smile and say “we are sorry (and we so are, ugh!) but we are out and can I give you a rain check or help you with something else”?
If I only had a dollar for every time I told some disheartened customer that. So please take it easy on that salesperson this Black Friday they do really only work there. LOL!
But first have a day of Thanksgiving and be thankful.
If you cannot think of one thing, (and I know you can) then be thankful for the things that could have befallen you that have happened to others this year and know that you were and are blessed.
So my wishes for all of you are to have a wonderful weekend, week ahead and a day of Thanksgiving.
God Bless each and everyone of you.