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Birth of a New Tradition
Posted: Saturday, November 23, 2013
By: (Unknown) (Expired article)Your Home Town, USA -
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
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. Oh.... Yes there is! It is time to think outside the box.
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 TV? 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
There are a gazillion owner-run restaurants -- all offering gift
certificates. And, if your intended recipient isn't the fancy eatery sort, what
about a half dozen breakfasts at the local breakfast joint?
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, were you 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
Do you REALLY need to buy another ten thousand Chinese
lights for the house? When you buy a five dollar string of lights, 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.
Christmas is now about caring
about US (We the People), 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 could not imagine.
THIS is the new American Christmas tradition!!
We can make a difference. Can't we?
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