Christmas 2011 -- Birth of a New Tradition

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

As the holidays approach, the giant … overseas factories are kicking into high
gear to provide Americans with monstrous piles of cheaply produced goods --
merchandise that has been produced at the expense of American labor.

This year could be different. What if this year Americans will give the gift of genuine
concern for other Americans. There is no longer an excuse that, at gift
giving time, nothing can be found that is produced by American hands. Yes
there is!

It's time to think about the American people and American jobs. 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 American hair salon or barber?

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

Who wouldn't appreciate getting their car detailed? Small, American 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
the Benjamin’s 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.

How about Americans teaching Americans what they do best? Your recipients would
Absolutely love to receive gift certificates good for lessons in golf, music, tennis, pottery,
cake decorating, race care driving, and the list goes on and on. This is perfect for all ages.

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, this
isn't about big National chains but it’s about supporting your home town
Americans 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 American working guy?

Thinking about a heartfelt gift for mom? Mom would LOVE the services of a
local cleaning lady for a day, or more. And for the young Mom, babysitting services
are a fantastic gift.

My computer could use a tune-up, and I KNOW you 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 theatre. Musicians need love too, so find a venue showcasing
local bands. These also make great gifts.

Honestly, do we REALLY need to buy another ten thousand
lights for the house? When you buy a five dollar string of light, about
fifty cents stays in the community. Rethink where your money goes
and leave the mailman, trash guy, waitress or babysitter a nice BIG tip.

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

My family has decided to go this route the last couple of years.

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    Thanks for the suggestions.
    2349 days ago
    I like to get people gift certificates for small businesses:
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    2350 days ago
    It seemed like once my brothers and I started having kids we automatically got each other gift cards for things we like. I bet your Mom would definitely love a haircut. Especially if she doesn't like to splurge.

    2351 days ago
    I was thinking of getting my mom a haircut for xmas, I never thought of it this way.
    2351 days ago
    Great reminder that Christmas, like every other day of the year, should be about community and family, not electronics and tsatchkes...
    2351 days ago
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