Working in a Winter Wonderland

This Christmas season is, well, somewhat of a stressful time. It's true for most everyone, but as anyone who works in the industry can probably attest, that stress seems to double when you work in retail. Our regular Monday and Thursday newsletters swell in size, phones ring off the hook as our amazing customers try to find gifts for themselves or their loved ones, and our shipping department is a frenzy as fresh pipes and tobaccos fly off shelves as fast as we can put them up. It's an exciting time, don't get me wrong, but combined with the pressures of trying to find gifts for our own families, arranging transport for trips home, not to forget the stress that only a room crammed with relatives can bring, the tension becomes palpable — and that's before December even bothers rolling around.

So, and despite my earlier protests, it's a welcome relief when a work mandated (or at least provided) excuse to unwind in the company of some fellow travelers comes around.

Pipes were stuffed with tobaccos dug out of cellars specially for the occasion. Dave made not one, not two, but three batches of home brew, and Pete once again provided the entertainment by way of a cut down, acoustic version of his blues band.

Maybe more than a chance to unwind though, our Christmas party serves as a reminder of why we put ourselves through the ringer every holiday season. As we celebrate the season with our friends, our colleagues, our loved ones, our families, we remember that this is exactly why we do what we do. Because out there you're doing the same thing, and if we can make the season even a little brighter for you, it'll have been worth it.


    • Eric G on December 16, 2016
    • Merry Christmas to everyone at Smoking Pipes! You are a great bunch who make this hobby even better and I really enjoy doing business with you.

    • Adam O'Neill on December 16, 2016
    • @Eric G Thank you so much Eric! And a Merry Christmas to you and yours.

    • Bryan Webber on December 20, 2016
    • My day is always a little brighter whenever I glance through the blogs. You guys are much appreciated for all of your hard work. As someone who works in the retail service industry I know its hard to find people who appreciate it. Thank you and have a Merry Christmas smoking pipes.

    • Gary Kieschnick on December 20, 2016
    • I hope each and everyone at Smoking Pipes has a very Merry Christmas and blessed New Year. Lets be thankful for the things we do have and not worry about things that are out of our reach.

    • Adam O'Neill on December 20, 2016
    • @Bryan Webber Awww, thanks Bryan. I'm not gonna lie, your comments usually have a way of making the day better. Thanks for being great, and have a very Merry Christmas!

    • Adam O'Neill on December 20, 2016
    • @Gary Kieschnick Thanks Gary! A Merry Christmas and happy and safe New Year to you as well.

    • Zach T. on December 22, 2016
    • Great article, Adam. Hope everyone has a great Christmas season, and you guys rock at keeping up with the orders.

    • Adam O'Neill on December 23, 2016
    • @Zach T Thanks Zach, and we will. Have a Merry Christmas mate!

    • Lee A. Pattison on January 3, 2017
    • Thanks for the tip to install a pipe cleaner in a pipe prior to filling to prevent clog of airway, works great!!!!

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