If it's Saturday and you are seeing this post, that means all worked out and we (the family & me) are on our way into Massachusetts to visit the Yankee Candle store! But enjoy (and please comment!) on my ponderings...
When I retrieved my empty garbage cans from the curb earlier this week, I noticed a strange little baggie with an envelope inside. It was TWO Christmas cards from our garbage men with their addresses conveniently printed out on a return envelope...Hmmmm...I may be wrong but I think they are looking for a tip! LOL (By the way, we pay taxes for our waste disposal and these guys are not contracted by us.) I haven't ever given a tip to our garbage people but it got me wondering....
Who do you tip or give token presents to at Christmas time?
When the Guppies were in elementary school and only had one or two teachers, I gave holiday presents. I will even admit that the MORE I liked the teacher the BIGGER the present. I know that was probably a bad thing but I couldn't help it if I felt more gratitude to some teachers than others! =)
Music Teachers - I would like to give a token something to them for the hard work and dedication they give my children. Unfortunately, G2's drum teacher was already here for the last time this month (before severance was paid out). Ditto for G2's garage band teacher - who I definitely wanted to give a little something to! I may end up baking some goodies and giving it to them when G2 has lessons in January. G1 will see her vocal teacher before Christmas again so I have another week to figure it out. VERY small gifts but something to say "Thanks for all you do".
I don't tip my hairdresser - I haven't seen him in about six months now anyway!
I don't tip a cleaning lady - because I don't have one! LOL
I don't tip the babysitter - We don't have a babysitter!
I don't tip our mailman - We aren't allowed to give monetary gifts and it seems my mail person is always changing anyway!
I can't think of anyone else that I would include in this list....
How about you? Who do you tip? Who don't you tip? Do you think that the expectations of tips/holiday bonuses have gotten way out of hand? Or do you think holiday tipping should be done for a good job/services throughout the year?
I hope I'm not the only one being stingy here! If so, I guess I will be changing my name to "Scrooge"!
Hope you all have a great weekend!