A gesture of thanks to our delivery people this holiday season

‘Tis the season for Christmas songs on the radio, the scent of balsam, and, just about every day, packages on the front porch.

Between Amazon Prime, Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and two little girls, Christmas shopping has been online about 90% of the time this year. And while it makes life a lot easier around here for us, it means we are keeping our mail carrier and local UPS/FedEx delivery people very busy.

For the past several years, we’ve left homemade baked goods in the mailbox for our mail carrier as a Christmas gift, due to rules about giving cash gifts. And we’ve given cash tips to the team that helps clean our house and also our garbage collectors. But this year, I wanted to do something for the men and women who make the trek up our walkway with packages big and small in the days leading up to Christmas.

Last year, I read an article online about families leaving snacks outside for their delivery people as a gesture of thanks for their hard work during the holidays. I thought it was a great idea, and with so many packages expected at our house in the coming weeks, it seemed like a great year to try it.

Today I ran up to Gordon Food Service and picked up a large box of individual bags of chips, as well as a package of peanuts in their own packets. I also grabbed some LaCroix, and a package of small bottled waters.

I printed out a sign and arranged everything in a large metal drink bucket. Sadly I missed the delivery person who brought us some packages today, but I hope the snacks are taken and enjoyed in the next couple weeks.

At this time of year, I’m especially thankful for all of the people who help make the things we buy online magically appear on our doorstep.

Now, it’s time to get wrapping!