The Free and Priceless Christmas Gift

November 20, 2010 at 3:01 pm 4 comments

A Visit from Sanity at Christmas
by Ellen Huxtable

‘Tis the month before Christmas, and in small business land
Our thoughts turn to gifts – fresh, frozen and canned.
We want perfect presents for the people we know
But we all lack the bandwidth to search high and low.

Some gifts are easy, some gifts are nice
Some are good values; some not worth the price.
Is it something brand new? Are we willing to try it?
Will it pack, will it ship, will it ruin a diet?

We make out our gift lists with thought and with care
Glance at our full calendars and pull out our hair.

We dash and we dance and we party and mix in
And eventually the Christmas adrenaline kicks in
To the top of the list goes the trip to the mall
And we dash away, dash away, dash away, all!

As human sanity before chaos files
When it meets with an obstacle, blows up to the sky
So our tensions build up ’till our faces turn blue,
And we’re ready to scream at St. Nicholas, too.

But then in a twinkling I heard in my head
A wee tiny voice; we have nothing to dread.
The concept, how simple. Rejoice and be merry!
A present that’s easy to wrap, send and carry.

It doesn’t need gift cards, or ribbons, or bows,
It works if it blizzards, or sleets, rains or snows.
It fits every budget; it’s not “off the shelf,”
It’s a gift that is giving a part of yourself.

So sit down and gather the thoughts from your head
Don’t send just a gift, send testimonials instead.
Take a moment to write down a thought or a note
Give people a line they can post and can quote.

Give thanks and give praise, give vendors their due
It will make them feel good, and you’ll feel good, too!
So pause and give thanks on a long winter’s night.
Merry Christmas to all; may your New Year be bright!


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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Traci D. Ellis  |  November 20, 2010 at 3:24 pm

    Love it! I will definitely be sharing this. How creative. I think we often forget that the best gift we can often give to others is ourselves. This especially resonates me with me today as I have made the commitment to spend the entire next week in service to others, running errands for them, cooking for them, and sitting with them just to chat and listen. This post just underscores that I’ve made the right decision.

  • 2. advantagebiz  |  November 20, 2010 at 3:32 pm

    Hello, Traci,
    Thank you for your post! What a wonderful gift you’re giving to others this week. I’m confident the time you spend with others will be far more treasured than something purchased and put aside. Take care and have a great holiday season!

  • 3. Maria Barnes  |  December 2, 2010 at 8:33 am

    What a great idea Ellen! I know I have found written words of praise a great asset in the past but I never thought to give it as a Christmas gift!

    • 4. advantagebiz  |  December 2, 2010 at 11:43 am

      Hi, Maria,
      Thank you for your comments; I think it’s especially nice to spread the good word about people and businesses we know. Hopefully it’s a gift that will keep on giving throughout the year!


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