Christmas celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ, and like most births, the tradition of gift giving.
I’m dressed as Santa because I am playing Santa at a pre-Christmas event.
Kathy Ireland introducing and about 250 disadvantaged children and incredible first responders all helping.
An amazing day.
As a child I remember listening for Santa on Christmas Eve to catch him in the act, but always falling asleep.
Then in the morning getting up long before the parents to sneak out to see what Santa brought.
As a teen and young adult, it was receiving gifts and giving gifts to family members and friends.
As an elder adult now, it’s now about my grandkids and the wonder of the newest generation.
The spirit of giving should be all year long.
There is a gift expert, John Ruhlin, who coaches on Giftology, the science of gift giving in the business world.
As Ruhin notes, giving gifts with the company name on it is worthless, as it’s promoting you.
Instead, give a gift that is for them that’s memorable and meaningful to them.
That giving intent really does manifest itself in receiving especially when it is unexpected and means something to them.
And when you truly focus on lighting up the other person, rather than promoting yourself, that’s the real magic.
Of course, a few more business deals or referrals because you remain in the forefront of their mind, never hurt either, and that’s okay with Santa too.
On behalf of my team and I, we wish you nothing but Christmas magic during your holidays, regardless of what you believe.
Let’s also remember the men and women in our armed forces, away from their families so we can be and feel safe.
Their sacrifice comes at an incredible price during the holidays.
And we should not just remember them but do something.
And here’s my challenge to you this week:
In the end, give the gift that matters the most now and through the new year.
YOU and your TIME.
Give people your time, and amazing what you get back.
A Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!
And I’ll see YOU at the next 2MMM