Received Wednesday, December 9, 2009
I know that there is an upcoming posting about holiday bonuses, but I'm wondering what families expect from their nannies around Christmas time. Generally I give gifts at birthdays and such, but am always at a loss around Christmas since most of the families I've worked for don't celebrate it due to religious reasons. This year however my situation is a bit different and I need some advice.
I recently quit my job (an entire other posting that maybe I'll share someday), and have been lucky enough to find a new one quickly. However it doesn't begin full time until January 4, 2010. This month (December) I am going to be working for them for 2 weeks as a transition. They have a 3 month old baby and he is their first child. I'm really excited to work for them, I believe we are going to be well suited for one another.
So my question is this, what do I do for a gift? They are Jewish (not strict) and I'm unsure what the tradition is with Christmas. Should I do a simple card? Possibly buy the baby a book? What seems appropriate since I'm not even working for them full time yet? I don't expect any sort of bonus or gift from them, but I want to at least acknowledge the holiday.