While I successfully survived another Thanksgiving, it wasn’t without stress and, since the days between Thanksgiving and the time we start vomiting on New Year’s Eve are filled with dinners, holiday parties and family gatherings, I thought I’d share a tip so you don’t make me mad and hopefully, this will ensure a reasonable level of harmony for your Hanukkah, Christmas or Kwanzaa evening. At least, until your nephew knocks over a candle and lights your curtains on fire.
Here’s the tip: Stop abusing the arrival time. It’s just a guideline; you won’t find it etched in stone anywhere. We were entertaining at Thanksgiving and the start time was 4:00 but we didn’t plan on walking people in from the front door to the dining room table because I didn’t expect anyone there at 4:00. We’re not locking the door and turning off the lights at 4:01 and it’s not like the turkey is standing at the door waiting for you. Even after arriving, people, who include family in some cases, want to say hi to everyone, have a drink or several, and head to the dining room en masse when the hosts say. The general rule is if you live within 15-30 minutes of your destination, you don’t even leave your house before the arrival time. My wife is much better at this than I because she has turned being fashionably late into a science and I only regret this when we’re going somewhere and we’re responsible for appetizers and we arrive when people have pumpkin pie coming out of their ears.
What I find unusual is that I’ve noticed that the older people get, the earlier they get and as I age I question whether I will catch this disease. Right? Will I start going to 1:00 matinees and show up at 11:30 just to make sure I get chocolate-covered raisins? Am I going to get angry at restaurants because they don’t open until 4:30? Thanksgiving is already one of the only days in the year when we eat at a time normally reserved for senior citizens, so there’s no reason to be early. There is plenty of food; you’re not trying to be first in line at the Hometown Buffet. Because when you show up at 3:15, all you’re going to see is me in a towel trying to figure out when to put the crescent rolls in. If, at 3:15, you ask me where everyone is…that should be a clue because…they’re also walking around with wet hair and a towel but they’re still at their own homes. That’s when I start wondering if a case of wine is enough for me and what will everyone else drink? I mean, we’re having Thanksgiving dinner and I’ve got people here like they’re expecting brunch. You wouldn’t know it to look at me but I have a holiday routine and certain things have to be done at certain times and even if I can sit you in a corner with your box of wine, you’re screwing me up.
If your family and friends are like the rest of us, you don’t want them early because you have to keep an eye on them. You might have things they think would look better in their house, or you have a pet you don’t want tormented. Sometimes I just send them to the store for ice I don’t need just to get them out of the house. I’ve got the oven light on to watch the green bean casserole bubble and to see that the marshmallows on the sweet potatoes melt but don’t burn, turkeys in the smoker and I’m continuously stirring the gravy so it doesn’t harden and develop a crust you can ice skate on, so the last thing I need to do is keep an eye on you so I don’t have to count my Hummel Collection before you leave or give my cat mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.
It’s not really that different in business. Prices rise occasionally but for 2015 IMC has lowered more prices than we’ve raised and we’ll do everything we can to honor that price all year while we put your order together professionally and get it to you on time and on budget. You can move through our catalog from category to category and find many products that will accent your client’s event and we’ll get you what you want even if we have some suggestions on how to make it more rewarding. We’ll even send you samples. We want to help you make sense of your client’s request so we offer choices between new products and classic items so they can make presentations memorable. And IMC cares that your order is correct so we keep lots of products around that are suitable for your events but we’ll let you decide what works best for you and jump in to help you with decisions about products and decorations. The 2015 catalog is in post-production printing and it includes tons of new items from our collections and existing brands and several retail brands that are new to the promotional products industry. And if your client has invented a holiday or celebration, we can also custom-make almost anything you can dream to make your client’s event all it can be. Take a look at our YouTube channel to see some videos showcasing popular products for some ideas on how to use them. We take our business relationship seriously and we want you to enjoy, give and receive our products and be able to use them every day. We look forward to working with you and we always have ideas to make our products work for your clients. And all of our new items are visible in the section of our website. The 2014 IMC catalog is still available virtually at Zoomcatalog.com if you’re tired of fighting paper catalogs and the 2015 version will be along shortly. 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 45 retail brands from global suppliers to enhance the selections you can offer your clients. See great ideas and items from Kikkerland, Umbra, Wedgwood and Bluetech. 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…are you missing anything?