Christmas is always an interesting season because while some of us get really excited about the holidays there are other people who do not celebrate Christmas for various reasons. So, as you put on your favorite Christmas sweater to go out spread some holiday cheer, you have to be sensitive of others who don’t feel that Christmas should be such a big celebration. They should also be sensitive to you.
In my household Santa is a huge deal. I have actually created a fake phone number on my cell phone for him. So, when my child is misbehaving I will pull “his number” up on the cell phone and say I have a direct number to Santa. Do you need to make a call? It is amazing how that can change the behavior of my daughter. Children love believing in Santa. And parents, well, we love having that “weapon” to use when our kids are misbehaving, don’t we?
As a parent, I believe that when a child has a healthy imagination it makes for a more creative young adult. I love to watch my child play with her American Dolls. She creates beautiful lives for them. It is all about dreaming. I always say to her to dream big in your imaginary world so you can build great things in the real world. She usually looks at me like I’m drinking when I say this. Someday she’ll understand.
Yesterday, I went out dressed in red. I am really into the Christmas spirit this year. I want this to be a happy, happy Christmas. Yes, I said happy twice! I have finally read my truck manual and figured out how to play music from my IPOD. I’m still struggling with how to upload music, but at least now I can get “my church” on and listen to my Christmas music.
I also bought wrapping paper yesterday so I could get an early start on my Christmas wrapping for the few gifts I have purchased. First, I had to make a couple of returns. I went to the customer service counter where there was a nice, friendly gentleman who seemed eager to have a conversation.
“How are your holidays going ma’am?” he asked.
I smiled. He was clearly in the holiday spirit. I wanted to complain to someone about the price of toys. He had a wedding ring and was a bit older, so I assumed he had a child or two.
“My holidays are going great. Thank you for asking. How are yours going? “I asked.
“They are going okay ma’am” he responded. And then we had some boring conversation about my return.
“Ma’am, have you finished all your Christmas shopping?” He asked. This was further validation that he wanted to talk about Christmas.
“I am still doing my shopping. I started a little late this year. I really need to get things in gear so that Santa will have some things in his big red bag to put under the tree” I responded.
At that moment, the clerk stopped what he was doing and looked up at me. You know that look your father gave you just before he laid down that harsh punishment for missing curfew or taking the car without permission. Or the stare your mama used to give you in child when you were misbehaving.
“I told my son when he was 4 or 5 there was no Santa. Why should a fat man in a red suit get the credit for all of my hard work?” He delivered. And then with a more intense stare just in case I did not get the message that he was serious.
“I bust my ass every day. I work 10 plus hours a day to put food on the table, clothing on his back, and give my child shelter. He needs to know where the money comes from and I cannot give credit to someone else for my hard work.”
Folks, I was gum smacked as my hosting British would say. What the heck? Where did that come from. What do you say to a person like that? Except……
“Okay, I understand.” I could not believe it. I am rarely speechless. But this man have throw me on the shocked and silence bus. I have no words. Everyone one loves Santa or so I thought.
So what do you think about Santa taking credit for your hard work? Do you feel like this father that Santa is stealing your glory?
Tell us what do you think about our good friend Santa and a customer service experience that has gone badly this holiday season and we will give the first five people who share their experience a $5.00 gift card to Starbucks!