For eight of the last ten years, Team Pemba has sent out hand-made cards to all of our colleagues, customers, and assorted FOP’s (Friends of Pemba…) All right, so we’ve missed two years in a row, including this one. We just didn’t get them out this year, so please accept our apologies.
When we’ve made cards, we choose 100% recycled card-stock, create a potato press out of an interesting graphic, and go to town on production line card manufacturing. (Often, there’s beer involved…) It takes a couple of days, and the cards are always a lot of fun to make. As we still see them here and there from time to time, apparently they are also fun to receive.
Last year, Christmas was almost perfect for me. By this, I mean that I only received a couple gifts. I’m hoping that some year I score a zero, but that’s a slim chance as Vera and the kids will always get or make me something. (And, the truth is, I love what they get me and especially what they make…) Meanwhile, I just don’t need much.
So far, this year is looking good. We only received two Christmas cards at PEMBAbase, and our only gift was a donation in our name to help protect the rain-forest. I guess we can thank the current economic environment for this downturn in gifts and cards, but I’m hoping that this is a trend that will continue in years to come. I’m no Scrooge, but – honestly – there are just better ways to contribute to the greater good than by sending us gifts or cards. We’ve received lots of eCards and thank-you notes via e-mail, and this is about as good as it gets. After all, less is more, except in the area of giving thanks.
So, in this vein, we do want to take this opportunity to thank our colleagues, customers, and friends for another great year. It’s a pleasure to work with you, to know you, and to be able to do what we do. We wish you joy in this season and peace and prosperity in the year ahead.
Thank you. Thank you very, very much.