A Merry Little Christmas (Traditions from a Minnesota gal).... an up front pay-it-forward.

Real Estate Agent with Edina Realty

For years the tradition at the office has been for agents to give the secretaries and workers a little something something at Christmas to thank them for their hard work through the year. When I worked at the front desk I remember the great feeling that I got when someone would 'spoil' me with a little something extra. A cold coke on a hot day, a hot cocoa on a cold day, a candy bar on a low energy day.... It just was that kick I'd need to get back in gear.pomegranate

In the years since becoming an agent I've never forgotten that great feeling that comes with someone thinking 'specially of me' so I have tried to pay-it-back (or forward) to the girls that consistently take care of me.

My kids truly understand the reasons to take care of our secretaries when they dig into their sweet pomegranate treats. This morning was their first for the season and they have been begging for more since breakfast! We try to share a few during the season because they are so much fun to open and dig into. It's because of Steph (our secretary) that I even know about the sweet treasure. She showed me long ago why they are so awesome.

Before Steph showed me how to eat a pomegranate I never knew what they were and she let me in on her seasonal secret treasure. It quickly became my treat to deliver her one every year. This year was no exception! Yesterday on my way through the office I delivered the biggest most colorful pomegranate that I could find and her smile suggested that I may have hit the treat in the right place!

Pomegranates only come but one short season out of the year... and though spendy we enjoy a few of the sweet treats because they are so much fun! And, buying one for Steph is worth the effort!

Having traditions like this really make our house feel like home. It takes that which we live in have a happy memory.... a treasure to return to! I'd love to hear your holiday traditions as well.
And, if you are looking for a home to make your own memories in please give me a call today and I'll set you up on a search to find the perfect place to settle!


In the meantime... if you are looking to move into the area... I'll wait for you to call!

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If you are looking for professional real estate services I am only a ring away! I am looking forward to working with you. And, please feel free to share my name with anyone that you know who needs assistance buying or selling a home ~ I love referrals!

Lindsey Hasford, REALTOR
Coldwell Banker Vision
231 Main Street - Elk River - MN 55330
763-241-5488 (office)  763-218-1347 (cell)

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Juli Vosmik
Dominion Fine Properties - Scottsdale, AZ
Scottsdale/Cave Creek, AZ real estate 480-710-0739

My husband LOVE's his pomegranates - makes a great big production of it.  He loves the flavor and finds it relaxing to cut it open, sort out the seeds and all.  It's great that you remember this favorite for someone else. 

Dec 02, 2010 03:49 PM #1
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

Lindsey, this is a nice tradition! And pomegranates are beautiful to look at, outside and inside, and delicious to eat! Happy holidays!

Dec 03, 2010 01:05 AM #2
Emcee M. Arah
Remax Excellence - Silver Spring, MD - Silver Spring, MD
Realtor w/Architectural Dimension, CRS, CDPE, CIAS

Very nice to hear how you all "take care" of the ones who help us so much! Office staff and family traditions - both are awesome in my book!


Dec 03, 2010 07:12 AM #3
Renae Bolton
Marketing 4 Realtors - Garfield Heights, OH
I'm your Professional Real Estate Marketing VA!

I love this post on so many levels, Lindsey.

I remember being an Executive Assistant for many years before I became a Virtual Assistant and loving, loving, loving it when I would get gifts on special occasions like Christmas and Administrative Professionals Day. And just wanting to do my very best for the people I worked for when they would bring me little treats and goodies throughout the day for no reason at all. It makes you feel just so appreciated.

I remember having pomegranates as a child and have since introduced them to my children.  They, too, love the fruit and get so excited when they see the display at the beginning of winter.  We have one in the refrigerator right now that we were going to split open and enjoy this weekend!

I love it that, for the last 6 years since we bought our home, we've been creating our own traditions with our kids.  Family traditions that I hope they will carry with them through to adulthood. We make a big tradition out of pulling out all the Christmas decorations. We listen to Christmas music, put up the tree, decorate the house, and then watch Christmas shows on TV before bedtime.  Each child (except the 2 y.o. twins) gets to hang their stocking on the mantle. On Christmas Eve, we always tell the Bible story of "The Christmas Story" and then we listen to our Christmas Bear read "The Night Before Christmas." Then, my husband and I pull out the presents and put them in sorted piles under the tree so that, in the morning, each child can go to their spot and get all their gifts. (After the 4th child, we realized it was just too chaotic to have everything all jumbled together and now, with 6, it would be almost impossible!)

Thanks for this trip down memory lane!


Dec 03, 2010 09:24 AM #4
Lindsey Hasford
Edina Realty - Elk River, MN
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Juli - Your husband is very smart!

Silvia - they are!!! Yummy and beautiful!

Emcee - It is great isn't it? Love taking care of my people.

Renae - How special the holidays are. As children we always 'pretended' to think that santa visited... it was awesome. I think that two kids are hard enough to watch out for this time of year - six is a beautiful challenge I am sure. We pretty much read the christmas story every night during this season so on teh day it doesn't necessarily happen but it's loads of fun!

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