You may notice that I usually say Happy Holidays. To me, this is more than a matter of politicial correctness, as we celebrate multiple religious holidays in our home, and we have many friends from around the world who are non-Christian. To all of them – Happy Holidays!
But today is Christmas! So Merry Christmas!
I had sent a thank you sentiment to our mailing list, but want to repeat it here in case you were one of those who didn’t receive or didn’t open our message.
We have the world’s best customers. Thank you to each and every one. It has been a joy serving you this year, and we value the many friendships we’ve made. We had a very successful first year despite an economic meltdown of historic proportions, and we owe that success to you. We wish you a joyous and safe holiday season.
On a related note, how did you do with buying local for holidays this year? I just tallied up my personal spending (which was right around the national average, much to my surprise, as I thought I would spend less). Drum roll, please………. 79% of my purchases (by dollar amount) were made from people less than 50 miles away, whom I know by first name, and who produced (grew, fabaricated, etc.) the goods themselves. And the gifts were nicer than anything I could have purchased from a big box store. Who gives lamb as a gift anymore? Well, I’m here to tell you that it made some people on my gift list very happy, indeed.
Santa was good to me, too. I got a couple new coffee books I’ll be reading this week – The Espresso Quest, and God in a Cup. They sound like good reading. I’ll let you know.
WWJD (What Would Jim Drink today?): I had quite an array of choice this morning. We finished up the year with about 35 lbs assorted finished goods, which I boxed up and will bringing to my family in Pennsylvania tomorrow. But today, they are all on my dining room table. So what did I pick? Classic Italian Espresso. Call me a purist. I have been thinking about what I will drink on New Year’s Day, however. New Year’s is one of my special coffee days of the year, where I do something special and savor it. I usually use my coffee siphon on New Year’s (did you see the movie The Bucket List, with Jack Nicholson’s fancy coffee brewer? I had that same brewer (The Royal) long before the movie.) I haven’t made a decision on the coffee yet.