The Christmas Bonus

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One of the things that I lament about being self-employed is the absence of an Annual Christmas Bonus. I do, I miss it. It’s not the same when you’re the boss, and you decide to “give yourself a bonus.” Which I do not do. It’s not fun when you give yourself money (that you usually don’t have)…it’s funner when someone else gives it to you.

Call me old fashioned, but I just love the concept of the Christmas Bonus. Did you know that the Christmas Bonus originated in the UK, BTW? Yep, it was established in 1972 by the Pensioners and Family Income Supplement Payments Act as a one off, one time payment. If you were a resident and a worker in the UK during this time, you got one in December. Sounds like a good plan to me. In 1972, the Christmas Bonus amount was £10, which results to approx. £123.44 today. Which is about $193.21 USD. Not too shabby!

I used to love this time of year when I could maybe expect a little something something from my boss; which, yes, was usually monetary in form. The classic, seasonal, gratifying Christmas Bonus. The extra push, that signified gratitude and holiday cheer. Don’t misunderstand me, it didn’t need to be a large amount to make me happy. It was the thought that counted, and there was something special about it when it arrived. It some how added to my Christmas spirit, as if Santa himself was smiling down on me. I can honestly say that I think I like the idea of the Christmas Bonus more then the potential monetary amount. Bosses, you can get creative with your Christmas Bonus in my book. Sure, money is most preferred by all, but what about a gift card, a leg lamp, a box of chocolates, or a handmade keepsake? Shoot, even enrollment into the Jelly of the Month Club is a thoughtful and princely gift.

So needless to say that the old Christmas Bonus stopped when I started my own company (at least for myself they did.) But guess what? They only stopped briefly. There’s good news at the end of this little Christmas tale, and you’d never guess the turn it takes.

You may not believe this, but I actually receive a (monetary) Christmas Bonus from a client! This seems totally crazy and unexpected to me! I’d rather (and often do) give something to my clients to let them know how much I appreciate them. Not only do we get to share a great working relationship, now there’s this. I’m continually humbled and grateful of this gesture from a client. It means a lot to me, so to that client, again, I say thank you. Merry Christmas to all.

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