During the holiday season most of us find ourselves joining family, friends and work associates to celebrate at a local restaurant. A few days ago I met some friends,who were coming through town, for a nice meal and conversation. Unusual for the time of day, the restaurant was full of patrons which meant we had to wait for a table. Once we were seated the waitress apologized for our wait and explained how tired she was from the increased work caused by excess customers. Trying to encourage her I said, “Look at it this way, you make more tips when you have more customers.” Much to my surprise she responded with, “Not during Christmas. Apparently people are trying to save money for gifts or something else, but our tips take a nose dive in December.”
The waitress’ explanation reminded me of a story I once heard about a little boy who went to the local shop for some ice cream. It was back in the day when an ice cream sundae cost much less than it does today. The little boy entered the shop and sat at a table. A waitress put a glass of water in front of him and the little boy asked, “How much is an ice cream sundae?” “Fifty cents”, replied the waitress. The little boy pulled his hand out of his pocket and studied the coins in it. “Well, how much is a plain dish of ice cream?” By this time more people were waiting for a table and the waitress was growing impatient. “Thirty-five cents” she snapped. The little boy recounts his coins and says, “I’ll have the plain ice cream.” The waitress brought the ice cream, placed the bill in front of the little boy and walked away. The boy finished the ice cream, paid the cashier and left. When the waitress came back, she began to cry as she wiped the table. There, placed neatly beside the empty dish, were two nickels and five pennies. You see, he couldn’t have the sundae he had to have enough left to leave her a tip.
Christmas is the time for giving. When you give you plant the seeds of prosperity in your own life. Don’t be a person who holds on to a dollar or two for the sake of themselves. Be like the little boy and order based on what you can tip.