Oh yes it does. Two kind gestures were extended to us yesterday alone, by virtue of the mere fact that we are regular patrons at two spots near home. (I allow the possibility that the holiday spirit has already invaded some people.)
It started at Osaka, where we nipped in for some mid-week sushi. Because it was colder than a witch's tookie outside, I opted for the sesame tuna with spicy aioli (uh, okay, so it's spicy mayo, big deal) and a steaming bowl of udon, and Mr. Food Musings got a big plate of goodies like albacore toro. When we were leaving, our regular waitress (one of the owners -- who, incidentally, was sporting some serious earrings in the shape of Christmas tree ornaments) gave us a holiday card. (They are really into Christmas; the tree is already up!) The card contained the doctored words to the 12 Days of Christmas (that was actually worth a genuine chuckle or two), and a 15% off coupon for our next dinner. Sweet!
Then we walked down the street, headed home. Mr. FM, longing for a gelato, settled instead for a warm cup of hot chocolate at Bittersweet Café. I got a chocolate-chocolate chip sandwich cookie stuck together with some divine dulce de leche. And on our way out, as they were closing, they handed us a box of all the macaroons, cookies, shortbread and even a mini-cinnamon chocolate cake to go. Probably they throw them out most nights. Maybe they just didn't want them to go to waste, maybe it was a thank you for all the chocolate chais I have consumed there -- it's my office away from home -- but dammit if it didn't make me smile like a kid in a, well, candy store.