I love christmas.
Cause, of course I do.
But so far this year I have been so wrapped up in all of my product launch biznass I could barely even remember it was December.
I want to catch up and start feeling those Christmas fuzzies so I thought the very best way to do that would be to share one of my favorite Christmas memories and hope that some of you will share yours with me. I’ve been looking for a good christmas book but when I thought of this instead I figured your true stories would be far more heart warming:)
I’ll go first:)
About ten years ago I was waitressing at a very glamorous buffet in Utah called Chuck-a-rama (really, that’s what it’s called..). It was my last shift before Christmas and since I was living at home at the time and going to school I had already paid all my bills and bought all my presents. I’d been wanting to do something to feel the spirit of Christmas so I decided that whatever I made that night I wasn’t going to keep. At the time I had no idea what I would do with it but that became clear quickly after my arrival. One of my co workers (we’ll call her Shelly) who was the single mom of 4 kids and probably the sweetest woman I knew told me she’d had some car troubles and had to use her whole Christmas budget to get them fixed.
“Hopefully it’s busy tonight,” she said “because the kids Christmas has to be bought with what I make.”
We were in sections right next to each other so I figured I could easily take every tip from my tables and transfer them to hers without her noticing.
So the night began. Much to my frustration is wasn’t at all busy and I wondered if adding my tips to hers would even make a dent on her christmas list at this rate, but I kept at it.
Eventually the patrons started getting curious and confused while watching me sneaking around her section. A few of them asked me what I was doing. “Shelly is a single mom,” I told them “and it’s Christmas, so I wanted to do something special for her.”
This was the turning point.
When people heard that they started leaving bigger tips. She started making remarks about how nice her costumers were tonight.
I couldn’t keep it in so confided in my sister Rachel, who was working the shift with us as well. Although she wasn’t in nearly the cushy position I was in at the time and had a family to provide for herself, she couldn’t help but want to join the fun. She started smuggling her tips to me as well,
The christmas spirit started to grow. At this point the tips were getting so big and so often that I started to worry that we’d be found out. I figured if I had the customers hand her the tip themselves she’d have no reason to think it came from anyone else. I’d see a family getting ready to leave and hand them a wad of cash “Do you mind adding this to your tip and giving it to your waitress on your way out?” I’d ask “She needs a little extra for Christmas.” Their responses surprised me.
“No no, you keep that and we will make up the difference.” Complete strangers were showing love for me and Shelly. I couldn’t believe their kindness. “Please,” I’d tell them “I can’t go home with any money tonight or it will ruin it for me. But you’re welcome to add whatever you want to my tip as well.” And they did.
By this time everyone in the staff was amazed by the spirit of love and giving that was radiating from the patrons in Shelly’s section.
One couple whom I’d given a few bucks left her a $20 of their own. (kind of unheard of for buffet tables) As soon as she began cleaning their table she looked alarmed and ran after them “I think you made a mistake and left me a $20 instead of a $1″ she said as she held it out to them.
They couple smiled sweetly “No ma’am, that’s for you. Merry Christmas!”
Her eyes filled up with tears as she thanked them “It just feels like I have angels following me around tonight.”
They teared up as well and hugged her “Maybe you do.”
By the time we closed the restaurant she’d made 5 times what she would have on a normal night and had plenty to make a beautiful Christmas morning for her family.
In all of my years of waitressing I never gained so much from a shift than the time when I left empty handed.
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