As a server I both love and hate this time of year.
Love - people out having a good time, spending money, sometimes being generous with it.
Love - regulars who give me extra tips and gifts.
Love - managers who give cool things (shh...don't tell!).
Love - cheery mood of many celebrating Christmas parties.
Love - extra hours, extra shifts and a full restaurant.
Love - after work making a fire in the fireplace and sipping some port.
Hate - splitting all the big parties with incompetent coworkers. Or as I call it babysitting the children.
Hate - grinchy and grumpy old bastards.
Hate - grandma's who pay for the family and still tip like she's in the old country. $4 on your $139 ticket is not appropriate you old drunken hag.
Love - family members who leave extra money behind after grandma leaves praising my service.
Hate - extra hours, extra shifts, and a full restaurant when I'm pushing 40 hours and they won't let me take more.
Hate - your blinking dumbass Christmas pin.
Hate - cleaning up all your wrapping paper.
Love - endless shrimp is over.
Hate - Endless shrimp. Just so we're clear.
Hate - idiots who don't know how to drive in snow, which slows down traffic every day, and nearly makes me late to work. Learn to drive or park it. The snow isn't going away.
Hate - walking out to a frozen car after my shifts. Where's that global warming when I need it?
Hate - new work shoes. Damn demon possessed non-slip pieces of garbage. Non-slip my ass. Ever walked on ice in these things? Might as well be walking on ball bearings.
If I don't get a chance to say it before, have a merry Christmas!