Well, I can tell by the calendar on my computer it’s time for my annual Thanksgiving message but I just got sidetracked trying to remember the last time I had a calendar on my wall. It roughly coincides with the last time I had to stop and ask for directions. Thank you GPS since I wasn’t much good at stopping and asking for directions. Anyway…I wish you the merriest of Thanksgivings, no wait…that’s not it. It’s Happy Thanksgiving! When we celebrate the turkey not being our national symbol by eating it. When the president saves one turkey and we carve up the other 46 million as an excuse to eat cranberry sauce. When we give thanks for green bean casserole and to the native who brought niblets to the first potluck. Oooh, don’t forget the fruit salad with those tiny marshmallows in it. I’d like to thank the pilgrim who thought that up. I’d also like to know where they stowed those marshmallows on the Mayflower. And a double Happy to any of my friends celebrating a rare two-fer this year since Hanukkah begins this evening. If you are celebrating Thanksgivukkah this year, you can have your turkey dinner tomorrow wearing the new pair of socks you get tonight for Hanukkah. And you already have the candles burning. It’s a win, win.
I do wish everyone a safe holiday, especially driving on the roads. Really, I’m not so concerned with you but the person you hit while you’re looking down and texting your Mom to tell her you’re 10 minutes away…might be me! Or it might be someone bringing me sweet potatoes so put your phones away and keep your eyes on the road. My suggestion is when you get where you’re going, enjoy your feast and pass out on the couch like the rest of us. At least one of the football games tomorrow will put you to sleep anyway. And if you’re with family or friends and they want to play that silly game where you go around the table and tell everyone what you’re thankful for…leave immediately. There are plenty of restaurants open where you don’t have to go through that. If you have to verbalize what you’re thankful for, the message isn’t getting across. I’d wish you peace, love and good will toward all but I sense that isn’t an option so I’ll settle for Be Safe, Be Sane, Be Smart, Be Sober (although that’s probably not an option either).
It’s not really that different in business. As the year winds down we, at IMC, have much for which to be thankful. Our 2014 catalog has gone to print and, like all suppliers, we look forward to next year with renewed hopes and dreams. We will be updating the IMC website with new products and brands. All new items will be easily accessible in the section of our website. The 2014 IMC catalog will also be virtual on Zoomcatalog.com if you’re tired of fighting paper catalogs land it can be viewed nicely with your laptop, iPad, tablet or phone. IMC is the recognized leader in the introduction of new retail brands to the promotional product industry and has multiple design awards from both ASI and PPAI. Since introducing Waterford® Writing Instruments and MoMA years ago, IMC has presented more than 35 retail brands from global suppliers to enhance the selections you can offer your clients. This summer we brought you Filter2Go, Ten Design®, Stewart/Stand® and Trendex so look for new and exciting promotional products next year from IMC. We invite you to browse any of our 2,500+ products on the 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 every event, show, convention, corporate store and company program that will keep your client looking to you for new ideas. What do you think? Let us know with a comment here or on Facebook or Twitter. IMC wants to know…who gets the drumstick?