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Christmas 2011 -- Birth of a New Tradition

11/11/2011 10:13:41 AM


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.  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 Franklin'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.

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? 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. Don't forget your inister/pastor/priest or anyone else who gives to you in ways too many to  list.

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?


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Comments:

Created By: Fish B  On 11/26/2011 8:15:44 PM
   Great article! I haven't thought of things like this before. And in these times I couldn't agree more! Cheers from a guy with a new perspective on gift giving!
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