A Thank You to Those Who Can’t Say, Won’t Say, ‘No.’

A Thank You to Those Who Can’t Say, Won’t Say, ‘No.’

Many of the people we find working Christmas Eve and Christmas Day are minimum wage earners – who don’t have the luxury of telling their bosses, “I’d like to take Christmas off…”  The reasons are many.  We can blame the employers for “bad form,” on the other hand if there was no demand by shoppers and consumers, there would be no reason for supply – and nobody would have to work during this very important holiday.

And let’s not forget about the people whose work is mandatory for other reasons – those currently serving their country – the first responders, the firemen and women, police, nurses and hospital staff… They are the undercurrent of what keeps everything working – even when we’re not.

So on this very special day – this very special week – we’d like to say thank you!  Thank you to our emergency care workers, to those serving our country, to those working in retail, and those in the food and beverage industry – and all those without the luxury of saying no. Thank you for all that you do. And most of all, Merry Christmas!


To help you get all warm and toasty for what’s left of the holiday, here’s a clip we found with two of our favourite artists, Keaton Simons and Tony Lucca, with their cover of Otis Redding’s, “These Arms Of Mine.”  God Bless!


  1. Avatar treebeard says:

    If ever there was a time for appreciation, this Christmas season with its ice storm gave us cause to look around in appreciation at all of the people who support the infrastructure on which our lives depend. The hydro crews who worked all the hours the law allows to restore service down in some cases for a week. The fire department who had all those downed wires to deal with, yet if even one person got a shock it wasn’t reported. The police who backed up the fire crews. The urban workers who cut up and cleared up and carted away the fallen branches and trees. The charity workers who provided warm shelter and food for the most vulnerable. I even encountered a politician who, even though his young family was three days lightless in their unheated home, was nevertheless out touring his constituency, finding problems, using his contacts to solve them, while keeping anyone on his email list informed daily about the course of events and progress towards the resumption of normal life.

    And let’s not forget those with no jobs or paid work who remembered the concept of neighbourhood, and went out of their way to check on vulnerable neighbours and offer such help as was needed and as they could, sharing resources, information, and support. They proved we do have a community after all. And that perhaps was the most cheerful gift to all of us in the festive season.

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