Keeping A Holiday Job: Merry Christmas or Not?
Do You Work With Or For A Holiday Scrooge?
If so, you're not alone!
A week after Thanksgiving personal concerns found us traveling in the night. Such things often come at inconvenient times, but when are concerns ever convenient? After going through some heavy rains we found clear skies and little traffic to speak of.
The trip meant a few days break from my husband's job, some night sights, and a chance to discuss the greetings of the holiday season.
Winding down through Georgia we decided to take the 441 route over to 75 and spend the night in Valdosta. Passing through some small towns, there was a hushed feeling that only a nighttime rain can effect--well, that and the absence of semi-trucks racing along the highway.
All of a sudden, we began to see a spattering of lights in the distant dark. One little town had about a dozen power poles decorated with Christmas designs. As we drove close we could see that they were true Christmas decorations.
All the same in bright white lights along dark streets, a series of stars with wavy tails (I suppose that is to indicate motion since the wise men were “following” their star) reminds passersby of the night that would change the world.
They were really pretty lights in the dark of night, even though there were not many of them. Elegant in their simplicity, yet a strong statement in their replication, they spoke of the beauty of the Christmas season.
My husband pulled to the side of the road and we enjoyed them a minute before taking a few night photos. Not surprisingly there were some lovely church buildings highlighted in the area. The farther south we went, the more lighted decorations we saw.
Little town streets, businesses and churches, isolated farm homes and larger estates were decorated with multi-sized manger scenes. It was easy to see that the traditions of Christmas were being upheld throughout the country side.
We couldn’t help but be thankful for the quiet time of seeing the reminders that the Christmas season brings to our hearts. There are those who work at denying the history that tells the story, but our traditions help keep it highlighted.
How Does All This Relate To A Holiday Job?
As we talked about what we saw my husband remembered something a coworker told him. A nephew got a holiday job at a store that markets animals and products for pets and their owners. He was excited about the prospects, but he surprised his parents with his disappointment after his employment orientation.
Apparently, he as well as all other employees had been warned that they could not say Merry Christmas to customers or to each other on the job. If they did so they would be fired immediately. The boy (young man, really) was stunned, and a little afraid he might forget.
He had heard of situations like this but did not expect to run into it in his home town. His parents had trained him well and he knew that to keep the job and possibly get a permanent position with that company he would have to follow instructions and work hard.
He had every intention of promoting the company by exceeding the expectations of his new employer, but this seemed to knock the wind out of his sails. I hope he will excel and move up in that company to make a difference if that’s his goal.
I would, however, recommend that he connect with Dan Miller’s 48 Days To The Work You Love to become an entrepreneur so he can begin his own company and be superb competition for the others in that genre.
My husband said it made him want to call those each of those stores and take their time up asking interesting questions, then end it with, “Thanks. Have a Merry Christmas.” He would never do such a thing, but I understand the sentiment.
There was something I could do, though. Writing hubs can help get the word out about a lot of issues our society faces. I suggest that anyone shopping at pet stores this year find out whether the employees are allowed to say Merry Christmas to customers.
If the greeting is forbidden, it might be in order to remind the managers that although not a key part of the Christmas story, animals are an integral part of it. I myself have been known to cut out cardboard sheep shapes the size of 3 year olds and glue cotton batting to them so those children could be a part of the big kid’s program.
A formal complaint with business taken elsewhere would speak loud and clear. Speaking up to other customers would really get some attention. Responding to this hub to keep the topic highlighted, or even writing your own hub to help get discussions going would really spread the word.
If you do write a hub about this topic, or already have a link to one about it, let me know so I can add the link to this hub. Wouldn’t it be a great thing for me to be able to send a link to this hub with supportive comments to work with my husband so he could ask his coworker to pass it on to the nephew?
Maybe that nephew would post it in the employee break room, but I wouldn’t want him to lose his holiday job over the issue. He may even have some other important lessons to learn from working in such a place.
Still, I do hope his spirit isn’t demoralized by the stance of his new employers. Instead, I hope he has a Merry Christmas attitude at his job in spite of the way they have postured themselves against our traditional values.
Have you ever been told you could not say "Merry Christmas?"
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