Wow. Christmas and New Year’s is upon us already…We would like to wish a prosperous New Year, a warm Christmas and Holiday season to our friends and clients, our family and co-workers.

This time of year, we’re thinking about the “R” factor, where R stands for Recognition. For instance, Santa is the star and the elves and others behind the scenes do all the work. Of course, Santa has to stay up all night and he has a big job to do, so kudos to the Claus man. But the elves, Mrs. Claus, and a certain talented group of “sleigh-pullers” should get some credit too, we think.

It’s like that with houses too. Let’s say you’re house hunting. You’re attracted to the house that gets all the buyer attention, the charming bungalow with the mature trees within walking distance to Sunshine Elementary. But you make an offer on the less flashy house a neighborhood over, the one with impeccable grading, a new GAF roof and excellent siding that you know will deliver years of low energy bills.

Or you’re hosting a holiday celebration in your Southeast Michigan home and the guests are charmed by your décor, pleased as punch with the canapés, and captivated by your scintillating personality. (Come on, you know it’s true.) But you smile to yourself, because you know your guests are warm as toast because your windows are Michigan made. You congratulate yourself because the fancy pâté on their crackers and bubbly in their glasses was made possible by energy savings realized from your Restorations Windows.

Maybe this is a bit of a stretch—but who doesn’t need to stretch a bit this time of year with all that present wrapping and cookie baking we’re doing?—But just like Santa’s “R” factor—the reindeer—good windows, siding and roofing products don’t get much attention, but they’re responsible for making an energy efficient, cozy home possible.

So here’s a toast to the “R” factor, wherever you find it: To Rudolph and all the reindeer. May they find you all snug in your beds with visions of sugarplums…And to Restorations Windows and other Energy Star “workhorses” that make things cozy. Cheers!