My favorite time of year
I always look forward to the end of the year. It's a time of year when I dial back my traveling and spend most of my time in the New York City area. It's easy to take a nice little drive up to New England to see the leaves as they change color or to enjoy some snow.
The end of the year is also a busy time of year for my dollar stores that I've owned in New York for the last 11 years. The stores sell lots of seasonal merchandise. Between Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas, the stores sell all sorts of items - Christmas lights, other festive decorations, that sort of thing. Those seasonal items are a big part of my business, making this the most lucrative time of year for me.
It's a lot of work. I spend countless hours at my stores, assisting my employees and making sure that everything is running as smoothly as possible. Having the great employees that I do makes things a lot easier. And at this time of year, they all give their best performance in anticipation of the Christmas bonuses that I give them.
I enjoy it quite a bit, but what I look forward to the most is Christmas itself. I'm not a Christian or anything, and I don't want to bring religion into this blog post. I just think that Christmas is a great holiday and I love the fact that so many people in this country celebrate it. Just like Thanksgiving, Christmas brings people together with their friends and families.
I also love the trappings of Christmas that spring to life around New York. I've been a resident of the city for almost 25 years and I still get giddy at the thought of seeing the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree every year.
I look forward to that day every year, with temperatures dipping below freezing, to take the train into Manhattan to hang out in midtown, look at the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree and just take everything in. It's such a beautiful time of year. Some years I make the trip twice - once with my family and once with some friends.
I'll also go look at some of the Christmas display in store windows, maybe do some shopping myself, and then go to Times Square. I love it over there. It's such a great experience to be at an actual "crossroads of the world" and see all these different types of people from all walks of life.
Then the New Year rolls around and it's time to start thinking about poker again. I always feel like the PCA sets the tone for my poker year. That makes it even more important for me to enjoy the end of the previous year, so that my state of mind is as good as can be as I hit the tournament circuit anew.
Happy holidays everyone!
Victor Ramdin is a member of Team PokerStars Pro