Christmas 2011 — Birth of a New Tradition

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 Christmas 2011       Birth of a new Tradition

Received the following e-mail and shared it with a friend who happens to be an M.D. The response I got back was “AWESOME. I LOVE IT!

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THE E-MAIL:

Something to think about… As Americans, we need to support our own economy, and not be held hostage by cheap, foreign-made products that are crippling the jobs of workers in the United States. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 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. Oh… Yes there is! It is time to think outside the box, people. Who says a gift needs to fit in a shirt box, wrapped in Chinese produced wrapping paper?

How about gift certificates from your local American hair salon or barber? Everyone, yes everyone has to have a hair cut. 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 golf course.

There are a gazillion 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. Go to the nicer flea markets. 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 (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!! Why don’t we share this with as many others as we can…. maybe a local paper and radio stations, and TV news departments could help us get it started in our neighborhoods. This is a revolution of caring about each other, and isn’t that what Christmas is about?

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Jay Cronley on Giving:

Charity begins at home:  a good place to start – locally. Oklahoma  is the fifth worst state when it comes to hungry children. Most times when you give to a local charity, you don’t have to wonder where the money or the food wind up; you can go watch for yourself. Volunteers hand out food to those who would otherwise do with less or without. So you get to feel good twice contributing locally – giving and watching it work in person.
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WOW!! PEOPLE ARE JUMPING ON THE BANDWAGON.  IT IS INCREDIBLE, THE IMPACT  THAT E-MAIL HAS HAD. WISH I KNEW WHO TO CREDIT! 
LOOK AT SOME OF THE IDEAS PEOPLE ARE SHARING THIS YEAR TO GET US STARTED:
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4 Responses to Christmas 2011 — Birth of a New Tradition

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  3. Ruby says:

    Thanks for the American made Christmas gift ideas. The new American Christmas tradition can be the beginning of a USA economic recovery. Saving the US economy is a task that can only be accomplished by the American people. If we do not find a way to do this, no one will, not the government and not the corporations. I have emailed this made in USA Christmas gift list to many of my friends. Great idea!

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