As we close on the memories, good and bad, of Thanksgiving we turn and run right into the wall that is Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwanzaa. It’s really more than a person should have to suffer. Thankfully, Ramadan is in June and July when I’m on vacation and Buddha’s birthday is in May. Chanukah begins Tuesday so it is probably time to spread the good word and deliver my holiday message and I think we can all agree it is a message filled with hope and promise for the glory that is mankind. Of course, they’re mainly my hopes and promises.
I hope all your holiday functions are safe. If, on the other hand, you start salivating like Pavlov’s dog or your eyes light up like a pinball machine when you hear the phrase, “open bar”…alcohol is probably not your friend. If you wouldn’t down those shots if you had to pay for them, that’s probably a clue. Remember, projectile vomiting is rarely attractive and I’m wearing my good shoes.
I hope my Jewish friends will finally band together and put Hanukah in one place because I’m tired of chasing it around the calendar every year. I also hope you get organized and figure out how you want the rest of us to spell it. If you can do that, I’ll have the Christians go to work on putting Easter in one spot because I can never figure out when that is. Those celebrating Kwanzaa took the easy road and just said, “Let’s always start it the day after Christmas so we can all remember when it is. Over the past few thousand years we’ve honed and built our fine nations by disregarding actual dates and just dropping in holidays when it’s convenient for us. Mainly so department stores and auto dealers know when to have “Sales.” Jesus, I know your birthday is in April but the calendar is really open in December. How about the 25th? Nobody’s busy then so…Happy Birthday! Abe, I know your birthday is the 12th but you and George are really close so how about you guys sharing a day? Maybe whatever Monday is around then? Sound good to you?
I hope I don’t get any holiday letters tucked surreptitiously inside your holiday card. You need to rethink those things and, by that, I mean don’t send them to me. I hate the damned things. I don’t care that much about your spouse, children or grandchildren and I don’t care at all about your promotion or the wonderful vacation you took to Branson, Missouri to visit the Titanic Museum. In itself this is a walking, talking oxymoron as they built a museum about a disaster at sea in the most land-locked place on Earth. I guess they really didn’t want it to sink. So, unless you’re writing to tell me your nephew was granted a stay of execution while they redo the DNA test, it’s not that interesting to the rest of us. Likewise, the fact that you survived that life-threatening hemorrhoid surgery is something I’d rather have you post on Facebook. At least I can ignore you there so I don’t have to read about it. Maybe post a picture on Instagram.
I hope the holidays are everything you want them to be. Since that will not be the case, please be thankful, joyful and grateful for the good that surrounds you. If you can’t even do that, make sure you save the gift receipts.
It’s not really that different in business. IMC is grateful for our employees and their families, our clients and customers and everyone with whom we have a relationship. We’ll continue to treat our customers professionally and get your orders 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 will be here any day 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. Go to the Catalog page of the IMC website and put your order in and we’ll get them to you. 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 2015 IMC catalog will also available virtually at Zoomcatalog.com if you’re tired of fighting paper catalogs. 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 Troika, Finelife, Cerruti and Clearaward. 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…how are your holidays shaping up?