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Friday, November 18, 2011

Christmas Gift Thoughts

My friend Vee had a hit with a recent post of hers.  I am going to put the link here so you can see it in its original state.  However, the article she refers to I am going to post here so you can read it, too.   Maybe you have already seen it, as you can tell by the links below, it is going around the internet!

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 his/her 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 Benjamins 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.

This is a revolution of caring about each other, and isn't that what Christmas is about?

I am with Vee, this isn't ALL that Christmas is about, but I do feel like the article is food for thought and I would love to know your thoughts!

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  1. Hi Terri,
    I love this post. So very true, and heartfelt. I do very little buying of gifts for the holidays. Just "Santa" gifts for my kiddos. Hubby and I don't even exchange, as all our money is directed toward "Santa" gifts. I do make it my business to send everyone a special Christmas card, and I phone distant relatives to wish a Merry Christmas too. Hubby, the kids, and I tend to just celebrate by having fun decorating, baking, and preparing for a lovely Christmas Eve and Christmas Day dinner. However, if I had other folks to buy gifts for I would definitely choose to do exactly what was mentioned. No sense in purchasing cheap made Chinese things from boxed retailers, when we can help our Communities like mentioned. Love it!

  2. I love this and think it is a great idea. How wonderful it would be if we could all support our own country and think outside the box. Great post!

  3. What a cute Christmas blog you've got going, Terri. I had no idea until you mentioned it the other day. You can tell that I don't pay great attention. Thanks for the link love, but it's free for anyone to take having made the rounds as an anonymous forward. I'm off to do a bit of snooping...


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