I decided to mix things up this year (I’ve been known to do that) for the holidays. I’ve never been fond of sending a Christmas Card (Holiday card if you prefer) or an email with a link to some Christmas Card to my work colleagues, partners, customers, etc. I understand the intent is very good and thoughtful, but the execution just really seems to be lacking. Something doesn’t feel great about getting the same Christmas Card from someone or some company that you know is being sent to all of their customers, partners, etc.
Let me be clear about this. I don’t have a problem getting them, but I’m not sure it really makes much of a difference. I like to do things that make a real difference. I should also clarify that a Christmas picture and letter from friends is quite a bit different than business Christmas Cards. Those are often fun to see when you haven’t seen your friend’s family in a while or heard any updates. However, a generic Christmas card from someone you work with doesn’t light my tree up at Christmas time (figuratively speaking of course).
In the past, since I’ve felt this way, I’ve mostly just decided to do nothing for the holidays. That always felt wrong to me also since there are a large number of people that I work with that I care about deeply and really wanted to show appreciation for what they’ve done for me and my company throughout the year. With that in mind, I think I found a solution. We’ll see if it works or not.
Sorry. I can’t tell you what it is until I do it. I want it to be a surprise for the people that get them and I believe some of them read this blog. If it goes well, I’ll be sure to share what I did with you all. Who am I kidding? If it goes terribly, I’ll share it with you also.
All of that is prelude to the challenge I faced when reaching out to all these people. In many of the cases, I was torn on whether I should use Happy Holidays or Merry Christmas or both. I finally just decided that I’d use one or both or whatever I felt like at the moment. Then, I came across this gem on Facebook which helped me realize I made the right decision:
If someone wants to get angry with me when I’m trying to do something nice for them, so be it. I could be wrong, but I’m pretty sure that the people I work with will understand this principle really well. We’ll find out. Either way, I’m excited to see the results.
Plus….Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all of you!