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?


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

  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!

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

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

  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 ..

  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!

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

  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!

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

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

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


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