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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Christmas/Holidays 2011 -- Birth of a New Tradition

A dear friend sent this to me, and I am sure most of you will love it like I do.

Great Idea!

Hi folks. This seems like a very good idea to me.
Christmas/Holidays 2011 -- Birth of a New Tradition

As the holidays approach, the giant Asian factories are kicking into high gear
to provide North Americans with monstrous piles of cheaply produced goods --
merchandise that has been produced at the expense of North American labor. This
year will be different. This year we can give the gift of genuine concern for
our countrymen. There is no longer an excuse that, at gift giving time, nothing
can be found that is produced by North American hands. Yes there is!

It's time to think outside the box, people. Who says a gift needs to fit in a
shirt box, wrapped in Chinese produced wrapping paper?
Everyone -- yes EVERYONE gets their hair cut. How about gift certificates from
your local hair salon or barber?

Gym membership? It's appropriate for all ages who are thinking about some health

Who wouldn't appreciate getting their car detailed? Small, privately owned
detail shops and car washes would love to sell you a gift certificate or a book
of gift certificates.

Are you one of those extravagant givers who think nothing of plunking down your
dollars on a Chinese made flat-screen? Perhaps that grateful gift receiver would
like his driveway sealed, or lawn mowed for the summer, or driveway plowed all
winter, or games at the local golf course.

There are a bazillion owner-run restaurants -- all offering gift certificates.
And, if your intended isn't the fancy eatery sort, what
about a half dozen breakfasts at the local breakfast joint. Remember, folks this
isn't about big National chains -- this is about supporting your home town
friends and neighbors with their financial lives on the line to keep their
doors open.

How many people couldn't use an oil change for their car, truck or motorcycle,
done at a shop run by the neighborhood working guy?

Thinking about a heartfelt gift for mom? Mom would LOVE the services of a local
cleaning lady for a day.
My computer could use a tune-up, and I KNOW I can find some young guy who is
struggling to get his repair business up and running.

OK, you were looking for something more personal. Local crafts people spin their
own wool and knit them into scarves. They make jewelry, and pottery and
beautiful wooden boxes.

Plan your holiday outings at local, owner operated restaurants and leave your
server a nice tip. And, how about going out to see a play or ballet at your
hometown theater.

Musicians need love too, so find a venue showcasing local bands.

Honestly, people, do you REALLY need to buy another ten thousand Chinese lights
for the house? When you buy a five dollar string of light, about fifty cents
stays in the community. If you have those kinds of bucks to burn, leave the
mailman, hair stylist or babysitter a nice BIG tip.

You see, Christmas is no longer about draining North American pockets so that
China can build another glittering city. Christmas is now about caring about US,
encouraging local small businesses to keep plugging away to follow their dreams.
And, when we care about other our neighbors, we care about our communities, and
the benefits come back to us in ways we couldn't imagine.

THIS is the new North American Christmas tradition.
Forward this to everyone on your mailing list -- post it to discussion groups --
throw up a post on Craigslist in the Rants and Raves section in your city --
send it to the editor of your local paper and radio stations, and TV news
departments. This is a revolution of caring about each other, and isn't that
what Christmas is about?

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