Christmas Eve of 2018

In spite of most workers being off today,  I figured it best to go to the office for at least the morning just in case there were calls, and thank goodness I did, because I had drop-ins and phone calls that I would’ve missed had I not been there.

Although it was below freezing all day, I’m still thankful the sun was out most of the time which made it seem warmer.  Just think,  there’s already one week gone from those four weeks of the normally bitter weeks of cold winter weather, so if we continue on a similar path, we will have by-passed those days.  Thank goodness we haven’t yet had any blizzard conditions, and all the more happy we’re not getting anything during these days of Christmas.  There’s been a number of out-of-State plates on vehicles I’ve been seeing today, so it looks like many households have family members visiting.

Two of my dear clients stopped by my office early this afternoon to extend their Christmas wishes and also for them to pick up a surprise gift I’d asked for them to come and grab whenever time allowed.  I asked them stay put while I went in the back of my office and return with a novelty item I knew they would like.

I was holding it behind my back when walking up to them, and before I held it out I said, “Now I’m almost ready to bet you you’ve never seen anything like this in your life unless you’ve watched a great number of movies from the 1930’s and 40’s.”  When I held it out to them and explained what it was, the husband was more than delighted to get it, so I then said, “Since you sell things on Ebay, you’ll likely get a good price for it.”  I had to laugh when he answered, “The heck with Ebay. I’m keeping this for myself!”  I know they were both happy I gifted it to them, but in reality, I was all the happier to be the one giving.

When knowing you own something that someone would like, or if it’s something they collect and you don’t, there’s no reason on earth for one not to brighten another’s day by gifting it to them.  As much as I’d like to tell you what it was, I believe it’s better for them to share if they so choose.

Unbeknownst to them, I’ll now be more on the look-out for unusual vintage items that are rarely if ever found, and gift to them just so to see the look of surprise and hear meaningful words of thanks out of their mouths.

If time permits tomorrow morning, I’m going to pop some popcorn and take it to a dear elderly client of mine who likes pan-popped corn.  She told me several months ago how she likes it popped, so I’ll be all the more careful to prepare it her preferred way.  She’s living in an assisted housing facility where they only give her the microwave kind which she doesn’t particularly care for.

I speak of these types of gifts as a reminder to many that going out to big box or superstores to purchase a Christmas gift for someone isn’t what I consider thoughtful giving because most times people have specific tastes, and everyone knows there’s absolutely nothing unique about getting a gift that’s been manufactured by the many thousands.  Believe me, I’ve been the recipient of such things for many years and rarely ever to my liking.

There’ve been a few occasions where someone has insisted on me telling them what I would like to get as a gift, and what I normally say is, “If you insist on giving me something, make it an item you’ve singularly created so that it’ll become my remembrance of you.”  I’ve actually purchased a few things over the years at estate auctions of past clients, and the only reasons being, that I wanted something tangible which when I’d look at it, I would be reminded of them.

I decided to attend a packed church Service this afternoon, and when I walked in, I was shocked to see the pews filled.  One of the ushers offered to get me a folding chair so I could sit in the narthex, but I declined while saying with a smile, “I’m not that old where I can’t remain standing for an hour or so.”  I couldn’t help myself by whispering to him, “It just amazes me to find churches full at Christmas by people who think making an appearance once a year is good enough.”  He nodded and said, “You’re absolutely right.”

The last line of today’s Gospel was one I’d not seen written in such a fashion which went, “Glory to God in the highest and on Earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”  I guess I’m getting all the more questioning as to why churches are changing the words and even the core meanings of Gospel passages.  Some day I’ll likely get into an ecclesiastical debate with a person of the cloth over that particular sentence.

On this Christmas Eve of 2018 and from my heart,  I want to thank all my past and present clients and customers for the good business Holtz Realty’s been given over these long years, and I truly wish every one of you a very Merry Christmas along with a happy, healthy, and prosperous year ahead.

Tonight’s one-liner is:  Great abundance of riches cannot be gathered and kept by any person without sin.

Joe Chodur

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