Happy New Year

Michael Attias Dec 27, 2013
Michael Attias

Christmas, Christmas, Christmas!!!! The holiday is Christmas. It always has been and always will be.

This Jewish boy has been in love with the holiday since I could remember. My mom would drag me to the basement of Goldsmith’s department store in downtown Memphis to see the enchanted forest and drink crappy hot chocolate and eat stale donuts with Santa.

I had my pick of all the great toys Christmas morning, as I visited all my little gentile friends and played with what they thought Santa brought them. And no…I didn’t let them know Santa did not exist. Far be it from me to spoil their holiday and get banished from their homes.

I love the music, the food, the lights and the meaning of the holiday. Christmas is about a spirit of giving…like the waitress I had last Monday night. Her six top stiffed her, so I left her a $40 tip on a $40 tab.

Yes. I know for many people in this country, Christmas is a religious holiday. For most of us, it is a national holiday to celebrate family, friends and giving. My girlfriend chastises me for wishing everyone a “Merry Christmas”.

My Christian friends don’t get upset when I wish them a “Happy Halloween”. Though they’re not pagans, they enjoy the generic meaning of the holiday.

This Christmas, my girlfriend, kids and I drove to Memphis to be with my family. My mother made a large spread for Christmas Eve dinner, and I gave my niece and nephews gingerbread house kits to drive their parents crazy.

Christmas day was spent doing what all Jews do; catching a movie and eating Chinese.

Now we’re days away from the New Year. I’m a homebody for this holiday. Give me a bowl of pasta and a movie, and I’m good.

The last ten days of the year are quiet around here. That gives me plenty of time to have a little fun and fine tune my 2014 goals.

I am so excited about the possibilities in 2014. It reminds me of the Far Side cartoon where two spiders have spun a web at the bottom of a playground slide… “If we pull this off, we’ll eat like kings!”

Have you set your BHAG goals for 2014? (Big Hairy Audacious Goal)

Time is running out. Get on it.

SAVE THE DATE: Jon Wool and I will be conducting a full day catering workshop in St. Louis, Missouri on Tuesday, February 11, 2014. It is called:

How To Turbo Charge Your Catering Sales:

The Ultimate Catering Sales & Marketing Plan Revealed

I’ve created a website with complete details. Just go to

Well That’s All For This Issue!

Michael Attias

Restaurant Catering Software

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