With all the family and friends thankfully out of our hair, this weekend marks the official end of the holidays and millions of us will be taking down holiday lights and decorations that we were told to put up and trying to get them back into the boxes from whence they came so they won’t take up any more room in the garage since you can’t remember where they go anyway. I will put a rubber band around all the holiday cards and stuff them somewhere so we don’t miss anyone next year, except for those self-centered enough to send us a “holiday letter” with their card. They come off the list because that’s just one more thing I don’t want to read. I don’t care where you’ve been or what you’ve done, so I really don’t care that you had to fly commercial because your private jet needed maintenance or you had to sail the Lesser Antilles in your schooner because your yacht sprung a leak. And like you, I’m usually proud of my children but I don’t care if your daughter is in the Peace Corp distributing free cheese and milk in the Appalachia’s since I just saw a picture of her on Facebook and she was passed out in front of a pyramid of Coor’s Light beer cans. And though you proudly note that your son won the Science Fair with the small nuclear reactor he built in the garage, you fail to mention he was just indicted for trying to buy plutonium on Craig’s List. We also don’t want to hear what you’re doing in your spare time since most of us out here in the real world are multitasking. I was shoeing a horse and making my own soap while I read your damned letter. If you’re happily retired, I really, really don’t want to hear about it, so don’t feel obligated to recap your travel sites this year. I already have Google Earth so I know the sun shines in Portugal. I also don’t care how wonderful the Beef Wellington was for your anniversary dinner or that Elton John sang happy birthday to you. And for Pete’s sake, stop with the medical updates in holiday letters. We’ve received some lately that are so technical I just want to forward them straight to the Mayo Clinic to be sure you’re following the correct course of treatment. Apparently to some, nothing says Merry Christmas like a quadruple bypass. This year in a holiday letter, I learned that my best friend from high school had undergone a triple bypass AND had a pacemaker installed. That’s the last thing I want to hear about over the holidays from a friend that’s…my age…especially while I’m trying to enjoy my Christmas bacon. So while I might be happy if your Mom is doing pretty well following her double-lung transplant, I’m trying to listen to Christmas carols…parump a pum pum. We all need to remember that in keeping with the holiday theme, medical problems are only appropriate if they’re funny, so if your Dad broke a hip trying to get that possum out of the chimney, by all means include that…in fact, send pictures.
It’s not really that different in business. At IMC, sometimes we have to tell you what we can do but we do our best to show you with our quality in product and decoration and we stay grounded in reality, continuously bringing new brands and options to the promotional product industry, and these brands and options are developed with an eye toward the latest trends so we can continue to offer a wide realm of choices and options in both traditional and unusual promotional product categories. And we deal with some great distributors who have seen our finished product and are sharp enough to bring these new and exciting products to their clients. Our in-house family of decorators will turn your selection into a showcase that will enhance your end-user’s event. And IMC will take your order, deliver it on time, and on budget. We treat every order with a practiced professionalism so you won’t be left hanging because the things that happen will be what you expect from an award-winning supplier. As well as continuously expanding the product available in our 6 Collections, IMC continues our industry-leading practice of bringing new retail brands to the promotional products industry and we continue that practice in 2013. Since introducing Waterford® Writing Instruments and MoMA years ago, IMC has presented more than 30 retail brands from global suppliers to enhance the selections you can offer your clients. These include world renowned designers like Cerruti and the unique offerings from Luigi Bormioli and Goodfaire. We invite you to browse any of our 2,450+ products on the NEW IMC website to see items suitable for any occasion or event and pieces you can use to personalize your relationship with your clients. We have promotional products for conventions, events, corporate stores and company programs that will keep your client looking to you for new ideas. And we’re always happy to offer ideas and provide case histories. So whatever your party, cause, event, launch or letter, IMC has ideas and advice that will promote and support your client. We can make you shine with 6 IMC collections and 25 retail brands as we have unique and quality products for all occasions and events. What do you think? Let us know with a comment here or on Facebook or Twitter. IMC wants to read your holiday letter.