To Give or Not to Give
“Remember the happiest people are not those getting more but those giving more.”
– H. Jackson Brown, Jr., Author ,“Life’s Little Instruction Book”
When my brother and I were wee-tots growing up in the 60’s, we made cookies every Christmas. It was a tradition our mom taught us. We made them to give to the neighbors. We gave two dozen of assorted chocolate chip, peanut butter, or oatmeal raisin cookies to at least a dozen neighbors. We weren’t close to all of them, but we loved the giving almost as much as Christmas itself. I can only remember three or four major gifts from my childhood at Christmas, but, over fifty years later, I have a very warm feeling about our cookie baking and giving.
Those warm memories are a major reason that, when my brother and I began working together in the 80’s, we continued the tradition of giving at Christmas to our customers and employees. These days that’s not so easy. We still choose about 100 gifts to give to customers and vendors that helped us in the last year. The big question is whether their respective companies will allow them to receive them or not. We have resorted to giving them as “samples” of our work. We now include a price card of the items to prove to the higher ups, and there are always higher ups, that this sample package is not a token of our gratitude. Even still, some are required to refuse even the slightest overture of thanks. I have witnessed fewer Christmas and Holiday cards being sent to us from vendors for fear of not being politically correct, yet I will not be deterred from my giving.
We at Champion choose to give our employees or team members gifts each year. We are too small to give bonuses, so we usually give Christmas Eve if we have a good year as a paid holiday. Some years we cannot do this, but every year our team is going to receive a great jacket or pullover of some kind. It does my heart good when I see them worn throughout the year. We also have Santa visit our team’s children with a gift and a story around our Christmas tree.
We at Champion contribute over six figures to the Mid-South area each year because it is the right thing to do. We will also continue, regardless of political correctness, our cherished personal giving to customers, vendors and team members. You know why? Because it makes us feel good.
“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a gift and not giving it.”
– William Arthur Ward, American Writer
Merry Merry Christmas to All!
P.S. Here’s a couple ideas for employee gifts of your own!