Christmas 2011 -- Birth of a New Tradition

roselee z8b S.W. TexasNovember 14, 2011

Hello everybody! This came in an email from my daughter-in-law. I think this is a really cool suggestion. What do you think? One thing that could be added for us gardeners is a plant nursery gift certificate or for something like a lawn mowing service.

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Christmas 2011 -- Birth of a New Tradition

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 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 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? 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 Chinese 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, Christmas is no longer about draining American pockets so that China can build another glittering city. Christmas 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 Christmas tradition.

This is a revolution of caring about each other,

and isn't that what Christmas is about?

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plantmaven(8b/9a TX)

I love the idea!

    Bookmark   November 15, 2011 at 10:23AM
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wantonamara Z8 CenTex

I have been doing this for years. Actually, my husband buys me rocks for christmas. I buy experiences for my son. My husband , god know what will float his boat this year, but it is USA all the way.

    Bookmark   November 15, 2011 at 9:33PM
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pjtexgirl(7b DFW)

This is harder than it seems! I give American money to everyone and leave it up to them. As for small American businesses I buy as much locally grown, American grown, and organically grown stuff as I can afford it all year : ).

    Bookmark   December 1, 2011 at 9:56AM
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carrie751(z7/8 TX)

We are giving donations to the recipients favorite charity in their name.

    Bookmark   December 2, 2011 at 9:15AM
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wantonamara Z8 CenTex

It warms my heart that so many people are abstaining from the cutural pig out of Christmas. Now if I would only eat less in the food aspects of gathering for christmas. Cooky party this weekend, but it comes after the 2 mile trash pick up that I am organizing.

    Bookmark   December 8, 2011 at 6:36PM
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linda_tx8(8)

I'll agree with all that! If someone gave me cleaning services for a day or a car wash with detailing, I'd be in heaven! Haha! Just last week I told DH I wanted my car washed for Christmas...just don't ask me if a person could easily write 'wash me' on it!

    Bookmark   December 12, 2011 at 4:14PM
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denisew(z8 TX)

Those are great ideas. I did not see this before Christmas (haven't been here in awhile), but I did do some of that buy purchasing gift certificates for locally owned restaurants. I'll have to remember the idea for the oil change thing next time I need to get a gift for someone and it doesn't have to be just for Christmas. Think about birthdays, anniversaries, etc. Really now, wouldn't you just love getting an oil change for your birthday? LOL! :D Probably!

    Bookmark   January 13, 2012 at 9:51PM
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