Whatever your favorite recipe for this beverage, it is generally made by combining spices, wine, sometimes fruits and allowing the mixture to slowly warm for a long period of time over low heat. In a moment of free association, I thought, "Well, that's just like the process of making a decision about a gift to charity."
At this time of the year the temptation is push for a "year-end decision" may bring the wrong result. If you boil mulled wine, it evaporates all the alcohol, burns the flavor, and steams away all the subtle spices. Do that to a prospect or donor and you're not likely to receive anything from them. Your solicitation of those nice gifts may need to start at the first of the year if the gift is desired by the end of the year. Be cautious about boiling away a wonderful holiday opportunity.
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