The Grinch

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This time of year is stressful. In addition to the merry holiday demands in our personal lives (like trying to remember some of the “thoughtful gift” suggestions made by loved ones during the year or resolving schedules and dietary restrictions for an annually increasing number of gatherings, etc.), businesses face their own festive challenges.

There’s a lot for business owners, managers and staff to juggle with some projects in overdrive for completion before the break and others stalled until clients return in the new year, statutory holidays, vacations, the cold that’s slowly picking-off team-members, as well as client, supplier and your own office Christmas parties (that you forgot to plan in July so you’re now seriously considering the ballroom at Ikea as a venue).

With all that’s going on, it’s pretty easy to understand how some people can get a little Grinchy, even Scroogy, right about now.

Our hope is that, despite the hustle and the bustle, amid the chaos and confusion, you find time to laugh. Whatever you’re celebrating, or not, in the coming weeks… get in a good laugh. Stop and watch when you stumble upon the second half of National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, spend some time reading the funnies on, allow yourself to chuckle when someone e-mails you the image of a roast turkey with the tan lines! Chortle, giggle or guffaw, and feel better for it.

Wishing you all the best of the season and a great, side-splitting, eye-watering, uncontrollable ugly-laugh… or two!

The Pondstone Team

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