As a child, I loved the holiday season, the Christmas spirit, Thanksgiving gathering of friends and family, and celebrating the coming of a Happy New Year. As an adult, it remains one of my favorite times of the year. I don’t mean to offend a soul that reads this or enters our business to see how we love to celebrate the holiday season with our decorations, let alone our Christmas tree that we put up after Thanksgiving.
Each year Melissa Kingston, our family, staff, and I serve a free meal on Thanksgiving and Christmas to our regular customers that aren’t fortunate to have their own family functions to go so that they can be part of our Saddle N Spurs Saloon family during the holidays. People need a place to come and enjoy and be appreciated rather than be alone during the holidays. It can make the difference with people, maybe even save their life, as you have no idea how they feel inside. I remember the empty feeling as an international student when I was younger, or as an adult after I was divorced, and away from my family during the holidays. We also choose to show thanks to our amazing staff during the Christmas season when we award bonuses and have a gathering with them all in our home from our family to theirs. We call it our staff Christmas party amidst all the societal pressures of so many businesses to become politically correct, not us.
My intentions are genuine and sincere. If it offends anyone of different faiths or beliefs, I am sorry for that, but I am not sorry for supporting what I believe in and being kind to others while doing so. As we move into the start of the holiday season, many people will be traveling to see their loved ones. Please be safe and enjoy one another for next year at this time some of our loved ones may no longer be with us. That is independent of faith or belief, it is a reality of being a human being. Happy Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year to you. We love you all.
Melissa & Bobby Kingston