Christmas 2011 -- Birth of a New Tradition

Ladies and Gentlemen... we could do this...
I received this as an email from a good friend, and thought, "This is the perfect post for the blog.
If you would like a copy of this article to put on your blog or email to friends just leave a comment and I'll make sure you get it!

> 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 
> plunking 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 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?

Comments

  1. I love love this post!!!!!!!

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  2. Awesome post and a great idea. Can you send it in a format I can post? I think all of the creative bloggers need to see this. This is our time!

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  3. Amazing! I've been thinking about doing "Etsy Christmas" this year for my mom and sister, and this is a great idea too!

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  4. Posted it. Hope I linked to you correctly. Great post! Thank you!

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  5. Oh my goodness, this broughtmne to tears ... thabk you so much for the post - and for the linking to Facebook - I just posted there - Merry CHTISTMAS to all of you ..

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  6. This is an awesome post. My husband and I have been trying to live our lives this way anyway - as non-corporate as possible, support local, especially family owned businesses. We really feel better about doing this. Plus ladies - we are all pretty crafty....we can make our own *&#$% wrapping paper!!

    Thanks for the post!

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  7. Well said. Thank you for the post! Merry Christmas!

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  8. I just read this same email - sent to me by my sister. As I'm reading, I'm thinking...what a lovely idea. And shouldn't this be posted on the quilting/sewing blogs I read. Thanks, Mary, for doing what I was thinking!!!!! Buy, make, and give homemade!

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  9. I love this and would love a copy to post!

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  10. I would love a copy, it's a wonderful idea.

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  11. I'd Love a copy of this! Thanks

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