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Stogie Commentary: A New New Year’s Tradition

29 Dec 2009

The other day a workman came by to do some adjustments on a project that had been previously installed at my house. He was here for only a few minutes, and I puzzled over what to do. A tip didn’t seem exactly appropriate for the small job, but something seemed in order.

cigarpocketAs he was packing up, I went to my humidor, grabbed a stick and dropped it in my pocket. Before he got to the door, I asked whether he ever smoked cigars.

“Sometimes,” he replied. “Great,” I said. “I think you’ll enjoy this one.” I pulled the cigar out of my pocket and dropped it in his.

And with that simple act, I decided I have established my own new tradition: New Year’s cigars. For the next couple of weeks I’m going to look for opportunities to present someone with a cigar as I wish them Happy New Year.

What better way to spread some cheer and happiness than with a cigar? Oh, I’m sure I’ll run into a tobacco Grinch or two. Honestly, though, I think most people see the gift of a cigar as a friendly gesture. It seems to hearken back to a more civilized time. After all, who ever got in a fight after one too many cigars?

So, may I invite you to join me in giving the gift of cigars? Maybe we can make it a lasting New Year’s ritual.

George E

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7 Responses to “Stogie Commentary: A New New Year’s Tradition”

  1. Rusty Stanberry Tuesday, December 29, 2009 at 7:40 am #

    I used to do this all the time when I started smoking cigars and you know what I got? Nothing, except extra money spent on cigars for other people. Does that make me grinchy that I don't do it anymore? If someone asks for one I am more than willing to oblige. But handing them out willy nilly? Not until I own my own cigar store and have backstock to spare.

  2. Regis Tuesday, December 29, 2009 at 8:05 am #

    George,

    That is an excellent idea. I enjoy cigars and, as a result, derive enjoyment from introducing others to good cigars. I have given out many cigars over the years for all manner of events, but never handed any out for the New Year. I now will.

    Cheers, and Happy New Year.

  3. big mike Tuesday, December 29, 2009 at 10:43 am #

    i have been handing out cigars for years. the joy is very rewarding. unlike rusty i don't give expecting a return but to each their own

  4. DJ Tuesday, December 29, 2009 at 1:55 pm #

    Very nice. I think I might try that as well. At our Yankee Swap, I was surprised how coveted was my humi + sampler, given the preponderance of ladies present and the general pooh-poohing pc-ness of stogie life…

  5. Beringer Thursday, December 31, 2009 at 3:03 am #

    George – Don't under estimate the power of what you're doing. My love affair with cigars began by being the recipient of just such a gift. This is a great way to "evangelize" the masses. If each of us introduced cigars to just a few neophytes each year, the world would be a better place. It is good for the industry, our hobby, and our own constitution.

  6. Swede Thursday, January 7, 2010 at 4:01 pm #

    Just found your web site, great site, just starting to read all your cigar ''stuff'', really find it to be very informative,I will be ''on'' this site from now on, thanks guy's for doing this,and just like you always say ''there's nothing like a tight ash''.

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