Tuesday, November 8, 2011

The American Christmas Tradition

I received an email from a friend that I hadn't heard from in a long time. This is what she sent. I thought it was worth spreading around. I agree with this so Much. Great ideas for gift giving

>   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 theater.
>   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

No comments:

Post a Comment