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Christmas Made in America!

Wednesday, Dec 07, 2011

When we received the email below, we all said, ‘hey, this kinda’ makes sense!”  
Just great idea starters for you to consider as your holiday gift shop this year! 

Merry Christmas!
Bobby, Mrs. G, and Greg


Christmas 2011 -- Birth of a New Tradition:  As the holidays approach, the giant overseas 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.  In fact there IS!  It's time to think outside the box.  Who says a gift needs to fit in a shirt box, wrapped in Chinese produced wrapping paper?

Everyone – well, almost 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?  Perhaps that grateful gift receiver would like his driveway sealed, or year tidied up by a local landscaper!  How about a round or two of golf at the local 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, 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?  Bet she’d 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 I.T. whiz who is struggling to get his/her 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, maybe find a venue showcasing local bands.

Honestly, 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.  Why not leave an extra $5 for the mailman, trash guy or babysitter, instead!

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

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.!

This is a revolution of caring about each other, and isn't that what Christmas is about?
-Steve Miller
 

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