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Rick Wolf and Peter Scherman (that’s Rick on the left and Peter on the right) are both experienced speakers who have presented on a range of innkeeping related topics at the state, regional, and national level. They gather and analyze research for the Innkeeping industry and welcome the opportunity to share it with others. Contact Us

Posts Tagged ‘A Christmas Carol’

Christmas Movie Traditions

December 14th, 2012 by Janet Wolf

We all have our favorite holiday movies. It wouldn’t be Christmas if we didn’t get out those DVD’s or  those well worn videos and cozy up with family and watch them for the umpteenth time. The magic of movies can transport us into different eras, whether it be 1930′ Cleveland in ‘A Christmas Story’ or 19th Century England in “A Christmas Carol’. Movies become a part of our holiday traditions, just like cutting down a fresh Christmas tree or watching the lighting of the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center. Speaking of exterior illumination. National Lampoon’s ‘Christmas Vacation’ is a movie on the list of favorites in many households. One of the movie’s many memorable scenes is when Clark Griswold decorates his suburban Chicago house with numerous lights, he has some frustrating struggles with a few plugs and finally succeeds in the illumination display with  help from his family.

Family man Clark Griswold

This scene and many more in this movie illustrates a universal holiday theme, it is all about family and friends sharing, giving of themselves and helping one another.  For the ultimate in exterior illumination take a look at this video from Dansereau House Bed & Breakfast in southern Louisiana. Clark would be so jealous!

Another favorite, at least in the Wolf household is ‘Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn’. The year is 1942 and crooner Bing Crosby’s character gives up show business to live the country life in Connecticut. Comes up with the idea of turning his farm into an Inn. Why not? But he only opens the Inn on holidays. Hey folks, its’ the movies, no thought of occupancy rates, number of nights sold, ADR. The song White Christmas was introduced in this movie, the rest is cinema history and another great tradition.

“I’m dreaming of a White Christmas”

Fast forward to 1954 and ‘White Christmas’ again starring the Bingmeister and Danny Kaye. This time the action takes place in an Inn in Vermont owned by a former Army General and his family. The Inn is empty because of a lack of snow (sound familiar?). Two former GI’s Bing and Danny come to the rescue with a Christmas floor show put on in the Inn’s barn. In the end, snow falls, Bing and Danny find love, and the general’s Inn is full of paying guests. Gosh and golly wouldn’t it be great if it was that easy.

Snow, snow snow







George Bailey and family…a classic

So many more movie favorites, so many memories, so many traditions. We sit and watch these movies, quote lines with the actors, hum the songs, laugh and cry at the same scenes over and over. “Yes Virginia there is a Santa Claus”… in the movies and in the childlike heart in us all. Let me share a few more classic movie memories. And…

Happy Holidays and a Merry Christmas to all from The B&B Team!

You’ll shoot your eye out kid

The best Scrooge ever!



H is for the Heart of the Season

December 24th, 2011 by Janet Wolf

there´s a place I go when I´m all alone...

In our seminars for Aspiring innkeepers we often use an analogy that we believe illustrates the essence of Innkeeping.  “If you enjoy giving a gift to someone and seeing the joy it brings more than you enjoy receiving a gift, then you have the heart of an innkeeper.” Our seminar attendees usually sit silently and nod in agreement.

Innkeepers are always giving of themselves, their time, knowledge and a lot of TLC. The B&B Team® hopes you all can take a break during this holiday season and reflect on what gifts you have given your guests over the year. Give yourselves a big HUG and THANK YOU, you deserve it!

There may have been times during the year you have felt like an old scrooge, but even Mr. Scrooge experienced the realization after reflecting on his past (with the help from a few ghosts) that: ”I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all year.” –Charles Dickens from ‘A Christmas Carol’.

It really doesn’t matter what or how you celebrate the season, the heart of it all comes down to the celebration of loved traditions and our individual beliefs and of course giving. I found a beautiful quote in a blog posting by film director Randy Rosselli, Jr, that says it all:

 “May all readers experience their own miracles through family traditions and the establishment of everlasting memories of the love that the season brings.”

Our gift to you all from The B&B Team® is a sincere wish for continued health and happiness in the coming New Year and a big THANK YOU for your dedication and giving spirit to your guests and the Innkeeping industry. And for those of you thinking of becoming innkeepers, just imagine how much richer your life will be when you can enrich so many others. Happy Holidays!

Peter and Peggy, Rick and Janet, Scott and Marilyn

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