Christmas 2012 — Birth of a New Tradition

Christmas is coming; consider buying local.

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 Christmas 2012 — Birth of a New Tradition

 By Bev Sandlin

 

 I think everyone with an email account gets a slew of forwards. This is one that I  think has merit!

 “As the holidays approach, the giant Asian factories are kicking into high gear to provide Canadians and Americans with monstrous piles of cheaply produced goods merchandise that has been produced at the expense of Canadian and U.S. labor.

This year will be different.

This year North Americans will give the gift of genuine concern for other North Americans.

There is no longer an excuse that, at gift giving time, nothing can be found that is produced by North 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 certificate from your local North 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, North American 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 dollars on a Chinese made flat-screen? Perhaps that grateful gift receiver would like his driveway sealed, or lawn mowed for the summer, or driveway ploughed all winter, or games at the local golf course.

There are 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 North 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 North 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 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 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.

You see, Christmas is no longer about draining North American’s pockets so that China can build another glittering city. Christmas is now about caring about us, encouraging North Americans small businesses to keep plugging away to follow their dreams.

And, when we care about other North Americans, we care about our communities, and the benefits come back to us in ways we couldn’t imagine.

This is a revolution of caring about each other, and isn’t that what Christmas is about?

BUY North American – The job you save might be your own.”

What do you think? Maybe this year we make a choice to buy local?

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A smile for you…

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Why does Santa have 3 gardens?
So he can ho-ho-ho.

What do snowmen eat for breakfast?
Snowflakes.

What do you call people who are afraid of Santa Claus?
Claustrophobic.

 

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