Tuesday, November 8, 2011

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Holidays 2011 -- Birth of a New Tradition



As the holidays approach, the giant foreign 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 foreign 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 foreign 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 theatre? Musicians need love too, so find a venue showcasing
local bands.



Honestly, people, do you REALLY need to buy another ten thousand
foreign-made 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, this holiday season is no longer about draining American pockets so
that foreign countries can build another glittering city. This holiday
season 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 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 being an American is about?




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2 comments:

  1. Great post, and Amen. I pray more people begin to think this way; we need this kind of support back. Yet I hear people say all the time, well it is cheaper to buy it made from overseas. If we notice, we get what we pay for, because nothing made overseas last as long as the things that were once made here. The quality of products has gone down hill consistently for years. The problem is that so many small businesses have closed and many more are hanging in there by a thread.

    For 9 years, we struggled to make things and found the supplies alone could not be bought for the price people paid for the finished product from overseas. Therefore, we gave up. A person has to have an income somehow, so people have to give up and try something else in order to survive. For many businesses, it is too late, but for those who remain I pray others begin to see they need to support local shops and businesses.
    Mrs. J.

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  2. Yes, Yes, Yes! Those are the things that we have laid our hands on that make the biggest difference in who we claim to be. I make a concerted effort to shop local, buy handcrafted, support my neighbor in their venture and offer to share the knowledge of the craft of my hands.

    When foreign entities care little about imposing dangerous substances on the children of our country, and we continue to entertain the trade and purchase items of children's consumption from that country something is wrong. We would be outraged if it came from here. But we keep businesses that only offer products of international origin in business while local businesses suffer.

    That 99% can effectively create our own jobs if we would just treasure our own workforce.

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