The Wonder of Christmas

52695_441677179228158_1557653790_oHow do you keep the magic going for your kids at Christmas?

Do they really believe in Santa?

My kids did until about 8 or 9 I think – will have to ask my daughter.  I do know that we tried to keep the magic going for as long as possible.  In fact there was the year we bought a garden slide & got a friend to dress up in a Santa suit & slide down it whilst I woke the kids up and showed them out the window of their bedrooms!  My daughter looked & then went back to sleep and my son panicked saying he mustn’t wake up because Santa would take his toys away!  They believed though 😉

We never used to put labels on their presents because they were from Santa, and the big presents, like bikes, were never wrapped of course!

We would even go so far as to remove labels from other people’s gifts sometimes to make things more authentic on Christmas morning.  Or we would say that nanny & granddad had asked Santa to bring a particular toy and that’s why it said it was from them.

When a child is small, why do people bother putting their name on the present? The child doesn’t really care where the toy came from, just that it’s for them.  Is it for the child or for the parents? “This is for your child from me – look how much I spent on them” is what a label says to me.  It also says ‘I will expect a ‘thank you’ from you on their behalf”.  I don’t expect a ‘thank you’ because when Santa sends a toy to a child, he is thanking them for being good so why should they thank the giver?

Am I being very picky here? Am I a bit too cynical? Why have I just put labels on the gifts I’ve bought for my grandchildren and said: “from nanny & granddad”!?!  Oh I feel like a hypocrite now!

When do kids stop believing? And why do they keep up the pretence when they don’t believe anymore?

Is it because it’s the parents who really want to believe in Santa?  Are we all trying to get back the magic from our childhood?

What do you think?  I know I’d love to, but at my age that’s going to be a bit difficult.  Even more so now that mum & dad are gone, my kids are all grown and left the nest.  I make the most of the magic we can make for my grandkids.  Watching them on Christmas morning gives me such a great feeling.  Who cares about labels? They’re never read anyway!  Might take mine off now 😉


Job Satisfaction/Online Personal Shopper

A lot of people ask ‘How can you have job satisfaction when you are just selling things to people?’  But they obviously don’t understand the manner of my job.  It’s great to think that we are supplying that something different to make gift-giving special.  It’s great when we receive emails & calls from people telling us how much the person receiving the gift liked it.  Especially if the buyer has asked us to suggest something for a specific occasion or person.

This is why I have started my ‘Online Personal Shopper’ service.  I not only have access to the wonderful gifts listed The Nest @ John Richards but we have hundreds of items not yet listed that I can draw from.  There is also our eBay shop.  Many people think the John Richards eBay shop is purely for vehicle related items.  But as mentioned in our ‘introductions’ & our ‘About‘ page, we originally listed gifts together with the vehicle parts on eBay and we still do.  I also have access to my many business acquaintances & friends on Twitter who run their own businesses, lots of them creating some wonderful hand-made items, and if there is nothing appropriate in our stock for a particular gift, then I’m not opposed to pointing someone in their direction.  I believe that if we support each other in business it can only be good for small business in the UK.  And who knows, other businesses may well reciprocate and point people in my direction for that special gift!

All people have to do to take advantage of this service is to contact us by email to with information about the recipient/s such as: Sex, Age, occasion, interests, budget & date required and I will do my best to find the right gift for them.  Obviously I will need some time to do this and hopefully I wont be expected to find something by yesterday!

It frees the buyer up to get on with their lives while I do their searching for them.

I also get a lot of fun & satisfaction creating competitions for my followers both on Twitter and Facebook.  At the moment I am looking forward to giving away a major prize of a picnic hamper to one of my twitter followers once I reach 3500 followers – almost there too so not long now!  I have just had a caption competition on Facebook too in which a lady won £20.00 to spend in our shop & she chose some lovely jewellery.  It’s just my way of saying thank you to my loyal supporters and obviously they see what we have to offer & may just come back again to buy 🙂  I’ll admit I’m not totally selfless – this is a business after all!

All in all I enjoy my work, I sit at my desk & get to chat on Twitter & Facebook.

To a certain extent, I choose my own working hours (sometimes they become a bit longer than planned!)  I work with my lovely family and have made lots of great friends through the Bizitalk twitter network for businesses.

Do I have job satisfaction for ‘just’ selling things to people? Oh Yes 🙂

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