Thursday, November 3, 2011

Christmas 2011 -- Birth of a New Tradition!!

THIS IS A GREAT IDEA! And wouldn’t it be great if everyone would participate?!

As the Christmas holidays approach, the giant Asian factories are kicking into high gear to provide Americans with humongous piles of cheaply produced goods... merchandise that has been produced at the expense of our very own American or Australian labor.
This year Christmas will be different around here - and I hope it will be different at your house too.

This year, Americans will be giving 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.

Because 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 ~ and I mean EVERYONE gets their hair cut.
How about gift certificates from your local American hair salon or barber?
How about massages or manicures?
Gym membership? It's appropriate for all ages - and who isn't 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 - and that helps keep our money in our local community.

Are you one of those extravagant givers who think nothing of plonking down the Benjamin's on a Chinese made flat-screen?
Perhaps that lucky/grateful gift receiver would like his driveway sealed...or lawn mowed for the summer... or their driveway plowed all winter... or maybe even a few games at the local golf course.

There are a bazillion owner-run restaurants around your area ... most offering gift certificates or vouchers.
And, if your intended isn't the fancy eatery sort of person, what about half dozen breakfasts at the local breakfast joint?

Remember, folks this is NOT about helping your big National chains get richer -- this is about supporting your home town Americans.
Americans with their businesses, jobs and homes on the line... and when it comes right down to it, this simple little idea can help them keep their doors open... and so that they don't go under.

I mean, for Pete's sake.... how many people couldn't use an oil change for their car, truck or
motorcycle, one done at a local shop run by the American working guy?

Thinking about a heartfelt gift for mom? Mom would probably LOVE the services of a local cleaning lady for a day.

My computer could use a tune-up, and I KNOW that I can find some young guy who's struggling to get his repair business up and running.

OK... so you were looking for something a little more personal?
Local crafts people spin their own wool and knit them into scarves. They make jewelry, and pottery and beautiful wooden boxes. Check out the local craft markets/flea markets or market gardens.

Plan your holiday or family 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?
Do we really need to see "professional" actors, when it's even more fun watching the Bob the local butcher play Romeo... or the little girl down the street dancing to "The Nutcracker"?
And musicians need love too... so find a venue showcasing local bands, and rock the house down!

Honestly, people, do you REALLY need to buy another ten thousand Chinese
lights for the house?
Sadly, when you buy a five dollar string of lights, only about fifty cents stays in the community. FIFTY CENTS!!
That's just beyond wrong!

Our parents and grandparents celebrated Christmas just fine without the lights and tawdry decorations and expensive gifts... so let's make this the year we get back to the REAL meaning of Christmas!
If you have those kinds of bucks to burn, at least please leave the mailman, trash guy or babysitter a nice BIG tip in their Christmas card!

You see, Christmas should no longer about draining American pockets, so that China can build another glittering city.
Christmas is now about us caring about each other... and us encouraging our local American small businesses to keep plugging away to follow their dreams and keep this country strong!
When we care about other Americans, we care about our own communities, and the benefits come back to us in ways we couldn't even begin to imagine.
This seriously needs to be the new American Christmas tradition.

So go ahead...Feel free to copy this and forward it 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 needs to be a revolution of caring about each other...
And after all, isn't that really what Christmas is about?
So c'mon people...let's start putting our own people first, and let's start thinking outside the square.

That said, I would be more than happy for any of you to offer to clean my house for me, or maybe even weed the backyard...
(Hey, I just thought I would save you the trouble of asking. *wink wink*)

(Note: I recieved this is a forwarded email, and even though it specifies "Americans"... as far as I'm concerned, it applies to ALL of us... No matter where we come from.
Just think "local"!!
Let's make this year the year that we TRULY make a difference!)


Reddirt Woman said...

I think it's a marvelous idea, Sass. I've thought also about giving home-made gifts that the giver makes. Can't get too much more local than that!

Keep us posted on how the packing is going and estimated time of arrival!

Iced tea on the porch is sounding good!


Robynn's Ravings said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE IT! Thank you, Kate, and I'll post it on my blog, too!

farmlady said...

I agree with this idea. With a little effort we can "Buy American" and do with less. It just takes commitment.
I like making gifts. We don't spend much for gifts anymore. The holiday is not about how many expensive gifts we give. It's about family, celebrating the season and love.
Thank you for a great post..
Now, get yourself home girl.

Kerry O'Gorman said...

Yes! Buy local, handmade, and real gifts such as these you've mentioned!

Marjie said...

Here and I thought your point was to offer me some cleaning services, or maybe a Tamale Pie. Oh, well. Local purchasing point taken. My kids are old now, and most of them get money for necessities. It's the most use.

Homestay Mama said...

I like your idea very much, Kate, but I stopped giving gifts to my family and friends years ago. World Vision has a gift catalog that I like so much. For $100 I can give 8 egg-laying chickens to a family in El Salvador, or $100 will buy $1,100 worth of new warm clothes and shoes for children in Mongolia, or $100 will provide job training for a woman in Thailand, or $100 will bring safety, counseling, vocational training and education to a formerly exploited girl in Cambodia. This year $100 will also supply food, clothes and school supplies for needy children in an increasing number of American families who are falling through the cracks. I just feel better about giving Christmas gifts that will make a real difference in others' lives.

Flora said...

Thank you so much for this post!!!! We here in Texas always try and buy American but its getting harder. There are too many families in need in America and we must not forget about giving to Americans either.
Bless you!!!

Nancy M. said...

It is a wonderful idea which I think would work pretty well with the adults I buy for, maybe not so good for the kids.

farmlady said...

Happy New Year, my friend.
Haven't heard from you for a while so I thought I would check and see if I had missed a post in all my comings and goings...I didn't.
I want you to know that I followed your lead this year and did all my Christmas shopping locally and Made in America. I also made gifts. I believe we need to simplify things and get what we buy from our local merchants.
Your post expressed what I believe is a big problem in our society.
Thanks for being so vocal about this.

So... It's January 1, 2012 and I just want to know.... Where the #*%& are you and why aren't you home yet?

Treehouse Chef said...

You are so right! In fact, my goal this year is not to buy anything from China. I told my family that this Christmas year will be the last year that we exchange gifts. I want to go back to the way Christmas use to be when it was about family getting together and spending time with eachother and of coase loving our neighbors. I also decided that this year my goal is to live Christmas in my heart every day!!!

Happy New Year to you! I so much appreciate reading your blog!
You're a blessing!


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