Working in a retail store during the Christmas season means I’ve wrapped approximately 413 presents since Black Friday. I can cut paper and peel the adhesive sticker off a bow with my eyes closed. I try to match the paper to the customer. If they buy a cowboy hat, I use the Charlie Russell pattern. Jewelry purchased by a non-cowboy lookin’ guy gets wrapped in a delicate snowflake design.
One gal came in the other day and bought a headstall with solid sterling silver buckles, a Bill Kane mane hair McCarty, tooled slobber straps, a chin strap and Garcia snaffle. Unwrapping that fancy outfit would make up for having to feed cows on Christmas morning! I wrapped it up, taping down the bit so a curious buckaroo couldn’t rattle things around and guess the gift.
Another couple came in and purchased 3 palm leaf hats, totaling around $76. I searched for boxes big enough to wrap them. Someone said “Do you have to wrap each one individually?” Well, yeah. Who would give 3 straw hats of different sizes to the same person? I spent more time locating boxes and wrapping them twice – the paper was too narrow to complete the job in one cutting – than I did on much more expensive gifts.
At first, I caught myself thinking, “I’m spending all this time and energy on less expensive presents! How annoying!” and then I kicked myself under the wrapping table for being such a Grinch. I recalled a vendor at Cowboy Christmas who wrapped the $3.50 refridgerator magnet I bought in tissue paper. She had the right attitude.
The New Testament records Jesus telling us to show no favoritism towards each other. We’re supposed to treat the wealthy and the poor equally, regardless of clothing brand worn or liquid assets owned. What we do for the lowliest of people on earth, we do unto Jesus Himself. In that spirit, I decided to give equal smiles, offers to help find items in the store, careful gift-wrapping, and wishes of “Merry Christmas!” to all customers who enter the store.
This sounds like a cheesey ad: “Come to Capriola’s – I’ll be nice to you because Jesus said.” I just decided to use my employment as a way to practice what the Bible preaches. It’s a random life experiment that I hope to turn into a habit.