So, today was the start of the Christmas holiday season at Starbucks®. Well, of course it was, what else would you do on an early-November afternoon but decorate your stores with festive red-and-green decorations and assorted trinkets of many colors and uses.

But, before you go off on a rant about how commercialized Christmas the holidays have become and how retail shops are just shoving all this down our throats earlier and earlier each year, you must know what happened next.

Within twenty minutes of the store manager opening the first box of supplies, a man came up to the elf putting together the display case.

“What’s this?” he asked, pointing at some boxy thing.

“Oh, that’s the new Starbucks® Advent Calendar …” said the helpful store clerk.

“Oh. Do you have any more of them?”

“Well, we haven’t unpacked them yet … let me see …” Clerk goes into back, retrieves an advent calendar box, brings it back, customer buys it.

Twenty minutes later, a man came up to the elf putting together the display case.

“OMG! Do you have the Christmas Blend available?!!” (But, he said it more breathless …)

“Yes!” the elf responded, equally excited.

“Can I have a pound?!!”


“I love this stuff!”

“Tell all your friends!!!”

People, you have only yourselves to blame.

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John Ford
John Ford

Over the course of 20 years in the Boston downtown real estate market, John represented and sold numerous, condominiums, investment and development properties in Greater Boston and in the surrounding suburbs

In addition to representing Boston condo buyers and sellers, John is currently one of the most recognized Boston condo blog writers regarding Boston condominiums and residential real estate markets. John's insights and observations about the Boston condo market have been seen in a wide variety of the most established local & national media outlets including; Banker and Tradesman, Boston Magazine The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald and NewsWeek and Fortune magazine, among others.


For over 24 years, John Ford, of Ford Realty Inc., has been actively involved in the real estate industry. He started his career in commercial real estate with a national firm Spaulding & Slye and quickly realized that he had a passion for residential properties. In 1999, John entered the residential real estate market, and in 2000 John Started his own firm Ford Realty Inc. As a broker, his clients have come to love his fun, vivacious, and friendly attitude. He prides himself on bringing honesty and integrity to the entire home buying and selling process. In addition to helping buyers and sellers, he also works with rental clients. Whether you’re looking to purchase a new Boston condo or rent an apartment, you’ll quickly learn why John has a 97% closing rate.


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John Ford and his staff can be reached at 617-595-3712 or 617-720-5454. Please feel free to stop by John's Boston Beacon Hill office located at 137 Charles Street.

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