Thursday, November 10, 2011

Thoughts on Christmas

I received the following as an email, then today a Blogger friend posted it and I copied it from her to pass it along. Give this some serious thought this year and every year until we are back on our feet again. (jobs come back home). Thank you, dc of Things I know for posting it.

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.

Please make THIS the new American Christmas tradition.


dc said...

Our minds run down the same road here. I just posted this on my blog today after I got it in an e-mail. If we could all just follow thru. We don't exchange gifts in our family, well maybe for the babies, but for the adults we are drawing names from a tree at city hall of residents in the nursing home locally.

Joyce Ann said...

I have all my Christmas packaged and ready to go because we will be in AZ and not home with the family. Tried really hard to live up to what your post is asking. Wasn't really that hard just had to start early, when going to craft fairs and such through the summer always on the lookout, use restaurant gift cert's and some home made jelly's and jam's. The hardest for me are the little ones, I did buy clothes and I know none of them were American made. I have to work on that for next year.

Happyone:-) said...

All great gift ideas. : )
Would be nice if everyone did this.

Linda Medrano said...

These are all fantastic ideas. I am happy you made these points. You are so right Val!

Mary said...

You go girl! This is really a terrific post, all very nice and thoughtful gifts.

Beau's Mom said...

My first husband was cruel, and when he realized my daughter and I tried to enjoy Christmas (as if THAT was possible) he declared we were not to put up decorations or buy gifts.

Time passed and I started liking looking at Christmas as just another day.

Now? You couldn't pay me enough to pretend it's anything other than just another day.

Just Stuff From a Boomer said...

These are all wonderful ideas and you are so right. I have long told my girls (who are really women now) I would much rather have an IOU for a clean kitchen floor, a home done manicure, etc,... when they were young. Now, all of your ideas are good.

Just between you and I ( I am bedazzling a mirror I got at a flea market, painted black and am cementing and hot gluing old broaches, necklaces, pearls, all over the frame for my youngest daughter) She loves all the bling!

gayle said...

This post is Awesome!!! Thank you thank you for such great ideas!

desert dirt diva said...

Hey val, I was just over at lenas blog and I seen your name, gosh its been to long.......

ordinaryjanet said...

That's a good idea, and if you run out of local ideas, try finding something made in the USA-you can Google it.

Joy Des Jardins said...

This was a good post Val. I've told my kids I really don't need anything this year...but I'd love it if they found someone to plant a beautiful lilac bush, Japanese Maple, or something in my front yard where a tree was taken down a couple of years ago. Weird huh...but it's been on my mind. ~Joy