Call me Scrooge.
Label me a Grinch.
But there’s a phenomena that always happens this time of year that really frustrates me.
I write this on December 15 – six full working days before most people going on their Christmas break.
But for the past fortnight I’ve noticed a heck of a lot of businesses have switched into ‘we’ll leave it until after Christmas’ mode.
What that really means is they’re leaving whatever it is until the New Year as hardly anything gets done during the period between Christmas and the New Year.
Now I’m not simply talking about businesses that advertise with us or are considering taking out adverts. I’ve experienced this ‘we’ll sort it next year’ with businesses I’m trying to actually buy from.
They are literally saying ‘we don’t want your money as it’ll be too much money sorting everything out before Christmas. But hey, we can do it in the New Year, when it suits us.’ Bonkers.
I’m not suggesting we shouldn’t have a Christmas break, of course not. We all need a chance to recharge and spend quality time with family and friends. In fact we are closing our offices from December 23 – January 2. We’ll be operating a skeleton staff but in my experience this is a really quiet period for us.
I don’t have a problem with the close down of businesses during this traditional period it’s just the trend to ‘wind down’ two, and in some cases three weeks before that time that winds me up.
Just to prove I’m not all ‘bah humbug’ our team has its Christmas party tonight and it should be a great laugh as it usually is.
Thanks for reading and Merry Christmas (I mean it, honest).