Today’s Topics: Merry Christmas | The Final Christmas Deal | Say No to Fevers | 10 Days of Christmas Giving – Part 2 | News to Start Your Day
Well… it’s Wednesday!
December 23rd is Festivus! (Thanks to the show Seinfeld). So, air your grievances and showcase your feats of strength.
Merry Christmas Eve Eve, friends! Today is our last email for this week, but before we sign off for the holiday, I wanted to be sure to tell you all how much we appreciate you.
This year has been like no other for CK, for all of us really. We appreciate being able to serve some of you with technology and PPE products, and we also appreciate this connection point of the CEO Daily. Connecting with you all is one of our favorite things, and it has been a bright spot in a year full of ups and downs.
We want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas. See you here again next week.
Product Spotlights & Updates from Rebecca:
It’s hard to believe we have made it to our final deal in our 12 Deals of Christmas!
We’re ending on a high note with a deal on the Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series WS-C2960X-24PS-L! This is an enterprise-class switch without the high price tag!
It features (24) 10/100/1000 Ports + (4) SFP uplink ports, 370 watts of PoE power, 12 PoE+ ports with up to 30W (or use 24 PoE ports up to 15.4W), and LAN Base Software! This model is easy to configure and monitor, easy to troubleshoot, features flexible power allocation, and is all around a GREAT switch for small to medium-sized businesses!
It usually sells for $694.99 but is currently on sale for $625!
Just say NO to fevers…
Have you checked out our Premium Non-Contact Infrared Thermometer yet?!
This handy device is on sale for only $20! Use this thermometer to safely and accurately get a temperature reading in 1 second or less! This easy to use thermometer takes a temperature reading with the pressing of one button! It also features an orange and blue backlight to make it easy to read your temperature regardless of lighting!
10 Days of Christmas Giving (Days 6-10), by Corey, our Marketing Manager
Below are the first 5 themed days or ideas to help inspire you to embrace and love in the holiday season this year.
Days 1 – 5 can be found here.
The power of light is absolutely astonishing. Think about this…if you are in a pitch black cave, all you need to light up the entire cave is a small little candle. Even though darkness can seem so vast, a very minimal amount of light can make it go away in a second. Make it a point to bring light and goodness everywhere you go this season. If there is a negative or uncomfortable situation, do everything you can to make it positive and turn it towards the good. Bring light and share light with everyone you come into contact with like you’re contagious with it.
Show Light in one of, or all of these easy ways:
- Have you and your family write letters to the children at your local hospital with thoughts of healing, prayer, and pictures to brighten their days while they can’t be home with their loved ones.
- Bring your favorite holiday dessert into work at random one day or to your child’s teaching staff with a note of thankfulness and encouragement for the hard work they put in.
- Get a group of friends and family together to go spend a few hours with the elderly at a local home and sing Christmas Carols and listen to them tell their stories. Open yourself up to receiving wisdom and giving your full attention.
Let this be the essence of your holiday. Giving does not just include the physical act of giving presents. Giving is primarily centered around giving others your presence and your full attention. While giving thoughtful and meaningful gifts is a wonderful part of the holiday, make it a point to also give people your time. The holidays is usually a catch-up session with the family you don’t see most of the year which also makes for a great opportunity to become a better listener and give out encouragement.
Be Giving in one of, or all of these easy ways:
- Be the first to ask questions and actually care about people’s lives when you’re connecting over the holidays. It’s easy to talk about your own life, but make it a point to shift the spotlight to everyone else. Ask first. Care first. Shift the narrative and start the conversation.
- Put stocking stuffers in everyone’s stocking that is something small they will appreciate and love without putting your name on it. Maybe it’s their all-time favorite holiday candy, a movie they’ve been dying to see, or tickets to a concert they have been talking your ear off about for months. Try not taking the credit and giving without the satisfaction of them knowing it was you giving the totally awesome gift.
- Think of gifts that people will actually love. Try not to just settle and get the gift card for mom to go to Williams Sonoma but instead to think of an item she would love to receive for Christmas. Even as adults, it is still so much more awesome to open an actual wrapped present that you love.
As you enjoy the holiday season, one of the best things you can do is take time to reflect on all of the blessings in your life. If you have seen the classic holiday movie, White Christmas, you will be familiar with this quote:”When I’m worried and I can’t sleep, I count my blessings instead of sheep. And I fall asleep, counting my blessings. When my bankroll is getting small, I think of when I had none at all. And I fall asleep, counting my blessings.” – Bing Crosby
Show Gratitude in one of, or all of these easy ways:
- Write a thank you note to a loved one, a service member, a teacher, or anyone in your life you are thankful for.
- Make it a point to say “thank you, I appreciate all you do” to the people you see daily, whether it is your friendly barista at your favorite coffee shop, the neighborhood policeman, the teller at your local bank, your every day mailman… extend an extra appreciation for the hard work and service they give every day.
- Send a $5 Venmo to a close friend or family member with a simple, “Thank you for being you! Here is coffee on me today! Treat yourself.” note added.
Although the holiday season is filled with giving gifts to the ones we love, we also have the opportunity to give to strangers in need of compassion, love, and basic needs. The best way to get involved in our local communities is to find ways to serve them out of a heart of compassion.
Show Compassion in one of, or all of these easy ways:
- Volunteer at your local homeless or animal shelter to feed or take care of people & animals.
- Volunteer at your local library to read Christmas books to children and bring a bag of candy or baked goods to hand out.
- Hold the door open for everyone you can, let a car in front of you while in shopping traffic, or smile at a stranger.
One of the best things you can do with the ones you love during the holiday season is to cultivate joy! Make each day merry and bright and bring your community together.
Show Joy in one of, or all of these easy ways:
- Have everyone write out funny memories and have a night reminiscing and reading them.
- Play a fun game like “Catch Phrase” to get everyone involved and off their phones and focused on each other.
- Gather around the family piano (or Youtube on the TV) and sing Christmas Songs!
Today’s News to Start Your Day:
- As of this morning, there are 21,510,442active cases worldwide, 55,252,060 have recovered and there have been 1,726,710 deaths. In the US, there are 7,408,707 active cases, 10,945,097 have recovered and there have been 330,824 deaths.
- President Trump derided the recently passed coronavirus relief bill as a “disgrace” on Tuesday night, calling on Congress to increase stimulus payments from $600 to $2,000 and to get rid of “wasteful and unnecessary items”, including billions of dollars going to foreign countries instead of helping with covid relief in the United States.
- France agreed Tuesday to reopen its borders to travelers from Britain who test negative for the coronavirus. But it may take days to clear up the backlog of truck traffic.
- Nearly 4 in 10 Americans say they would “definitely” or “probably” not get a vaccine, according to a recent survey by the Pew Research Center. The Department of Health and Human Services plans to spend $250 million on a national education campaign to build public trust in the vaccine.
- Cryptocurrency XRP sank nearly 25% to around 35 cents Wednesday morning. The SEC is suing Ripple and two of its executives over the alleged sale of unregistered securities.
- Amazon and a retail union seeking to represent some warehouse workers in Alabama came to an agreement Tuesday on the size of a potential bargaining unit, bringing the employees one step closer to holding a vote on whether to form a union. However, the parties are still in disagreement over how the union election will be held, with Amazon arguing against workers submitting mail-in ballots.