Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Happy Holidays

You hear that all the time now, "Happy Holidays". A few years ago, I made a big push to change it to "Merry Christmas" by asking a few cashiers "what holidays?" Once confused, I would say "you told me to have a happy holiday, I just wanted to be sure which one."

I can be mean that way, to the cashiers. When they ask me "did you find everything ok?" I typically answer "yes, you'll have to hide things better next time." (Stupid question deserves a stupid answer). What do they think, I'm going say something like "no, I have this list of 48 items, can you help me find them?"

A few years back, the stores starting banning the Salvation Army. Now, I've never been a big fan of those guys, but somehow banning them seemed anti-American or anti-Christmas. So, now I make it a point to drop whatever change I have in the kettle as I walk by. This year, our local television station highlighted a lady who is still ringing the bell at age 100. Margaret Helen Yockey is ringing the bell for her third year. She rings on the other side of town from me, so I want be seeing her, but I'll put some extra money in the kettle when I pass the store near me. (Read Ms. Yockey's story here). If you Google her name, you'll see her story was picked up by MSNBC and USA Today. I hope you're still ringing the bell for years to come.

Back to "Happy Holidays", I don't make a big deal about this anymore. Some of the cashiers are just plain tired. They are out their earning a $ (hopefully a few $$) and don't need me (or anyone else) to hassle them. I guess I've mellowed out a little, I just thank them and tell them "Merry Christmas". Well, sometimes, I still go hassle them some, but always in fun.

Merry Christmas to all.


Anonymous said...

That is a great idea to ask what holidays they are referring to!

Merry Christmas to you and your family!

Anonymous said...


Chuck said...

Merry Christmas

Anonymous said...

Actually, if someone told me that they had a 48 item list and needed help, I would help them. Therefore, it is neither a rhetorical nor a stupid question

Randy said...

Neil and Chuck, thanks and hope your Christmas was merry.

Anon, a cashier that actually helps someone is a rare find. I applaud you. Hopefully the cashiers that I joke with don't think I'm treating them like they asked a stupid question. If they go home, prop up their feet and say "boy that guys was sure crazy" or maybe even chuckle, they've made my day.

Brooke said...

Honestly, I don't think the cashiers even know what they're saying after hours of folks coming through their lines.

Merry Christmas, Randy! :)