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Christmas 2011 -- Birth of a New Tradition

Thursday, November 17, 2011

A thoughtful approach for an American Christmas.
Christmas 2011 -- Birth of a New Tradition

As the holidays approach, the giant Asian 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 will be different. 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 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 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 plonking down the Benjamines 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 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.

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 theatre.
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, trash guy or babysitter a nice BIG tip.

You see, Christmas is no longer about draining American pockets so that China can build another glittering city. Christmas is now about caring about 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?

The focus is our own neighbors first. Buy Local - keep our money in our own towns, and country.
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    Our local stores will enjoy our help and other areas of our world are so greedy they probably wont take the time to notice we didnt shop with them.So lets go where we are appreciated.
    2406 days ago
  • PAULINE1989
    Thank you everyone :)
    2409 days ago
    Last year, I made all the gifts for my family, and the ones I bought for the kids were from Canadian companies (I'm Canadian)

    It was a bit expensive for the treats I made everyone, but they were homemade, no preservatives, and not really on the healthy side, but I slaved to make them every weekend for 6 weeks before Christmas.

    As for the kids stuff, they are at an age where they actually want clothing, so I lucked out there, phew, buying toys not made in Asia would have been tough!

    Great ideas! I esp like the clenaing lady one!
    2411 days ago
    GREAT IDEAS !!! Thanks for taking the time for this blog. I would have never thought of this stuff myslef.
    2411 days ago
    2412 days ago
    I like that you really provided options - actual gift ideas.

    2412 days ago
    On paper it sounds good.
    2412 days ago
  • -LISS-
    Buying local is really really good for the local economy! Great ideas about services rather than things. I would say, however, that there aren't many glittering cities in China. Those people are pretty darn poor for the most part.
    2412 days ago
    Great ideas! emoticon
    2412 days ago
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