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I was working on planning the Shore Update Christmas party when the “Right/Left Game” popped into my head. If you’re unfamiliar with this game, you simply gather everyone in a circle, hand each of them a wrapped gift and read a story that uses the words “right” and “left” as often as possible. Every time the storyteller says “right” or “left,” the wrapped gift is passed in that direction. When the story is complete, you open the gift left in your hands.
Below you’ll find the story I wrote for the team. I can’t wait to share this with them as I know they will have a blast, and it will be so much fun. Their enthusiasm, commitment to our customers and care for each other is the best gift I could ask for. Thanks and Merry Christmas gang.
With a big shopping list left to fill, Santa visited every storefront in Queen Anne’s County and was rightly disappointed to see so much merchandise was left in the stores, “What can I do to right this wrong?” Santa ho-ho-ho’d.
Then a bright idea popped into his jolly head, “I know! I’ll talk to the Shore Update. Whether I get a right page or a left page, I know I can help these merchants empty what’s left in their stores.”
So Santa stopped by the Shore Update office on the right side of Del Rhodes Avenue in Queenstown to place his ad. When he entered, Kim jumped to her feet and shouted, Santa, is that you? Are you right here in front of me? How can we help you?!”
“Well Kim,” Santa said, “I need people to do what’s right and SHOP LOCAL.”
“You’re at the right place Santa, follow me,” Kim said right away. Leading Santa through the door on the left, Kim introduced Santa to the Shore Update team. Laura at the desk on the left and Erika on the right will design just the right ad for you. Pegeen on the right will make sure no social media stone is left unturned.
“Ho! Ho! Ho! I knew I was on the right track. The Shore Update team has the jolliest elves I’ve dealt with left of the North Pole. I’ll head out now knowing that I’ve left this in the right hands… so get right to work, there’s not a second left to spare.”
Kim put out an S.O.S. to the team members left, “Help! Santa and the Queen Anne’s County merchants need us right away.” Bill, Julia, Yvonne and Jessica answered the plea right quick and began contacting the merchants left on the list.
“We’re here to help get the word right out about the merchandise left in your store. We have just the right marketing plan to meet your needs.” They got right to work and made sure the word spread left and right. They called left… then they called right… “Everyone must SHOP LOCAL tonight.”
With not a second left, Caryn, Wilma and Melissa got right to work taking pictures, writing articles and finishing what was left to promote. “Santa and the merchants need us right away. We’re right here to help and happy to do what’s left.”
Santa’s newest elves were buzzing left and right making sure the marketing was done just right so there would be no merchandise left in the stores on Christmas eve. “Shop and give local… you’ll be right happy you did,” they cheered.
The Shore Update Team
Michael, Cheri, Kim, Allie, Laura, Pegeen, Caryn, Wilma, Erika, Julia, Bill, Yvonne, Jessica and Melissa
As for the Shore Update Christmas party… it simply could not have been better. Good food and spirits… games and laughing until our sides hurt, and the greatest group of people around. Santa was RIGHT, I got the best ones LEFT in the bunch. Merry Christmas gang!