Ho! Ho! Hope your mortgage payments are current!

by Rebecca A. Watson on December 30, 2008

in holidays, work

Those who know me know I’m not the biggest fan of the holidays, mostly because I can’t stand the commercialization and pressure to spend with no thought to where we’re actually going to come up with the money.

So instead of gifts this year, I spent my time feeding homeless and displaced families a holiday meal. This is the sixth year Rock Bottom (my former employer) has put on this event. Families sit down to a nice meal with linen tablecloths, kids get to hang out with Santa, and everyone gets shoes, jackets and toiletries. They also have a professional photo taken together.

Here is a link to some footage from that day:

http://gannett.a.mms.mavenapps.net/mms/rt/1/site/gannett-kare-3323-pub01-live/current/launch.html?maven_playerId=articleplayer&maven_referralPlaylistId=playlist&maven_referralObject=976387878

It’s a nice time. I did it for Easter this year as well. I encourage everyone to do something like this around the holidays. It’s the best kind of gift.

The next day I had to return to work. While our corporate office got the day after Christmas off, we had to come in. We had some of our busiest days on Christmas Eve and the day after Christmas. What do I do for a living? I process mortgage foreclosures in Hennepin County. I suddenly understand the phrase There is no rest for the wicked.

I’ve always maintained that corporate responsibility is an oxymoron, but the juxtaposition between these two days was enough to show me that there is a lesser evil in the corporate world. And while I don’t doubt that my employer has some charitable organization set up, I’m all about immediate gratification! I mean, c’mon! I’m an American, and it’s Christmas after all!

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