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Sunday, November 6, 2011

Birth of a New Tradition

This was sent to me this morning by both my cousin and a very good friend.  I'm sure many of you have already had it sent to you as well.  But, I'm posting this so anyone who's not read it, may.  What a wonderful idea!

We actually told our children and grandchildren a couple of years ago, when it seemed gift giving had gone over the top, we would be giving the majority of gifts for birthdays, and a token gift for Christmas.  We felt as though the younger people had forgotten just whose birthday we celebrate, and we felt the focus should be back on the birth of Christ, our Lord and Savior!  

So, here is the 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 plonking down the Benjamines 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.

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 Christmas is about?

Now, I don't know who wrote this, like I said, I received it from two sources and figure I'll have more in my inbox as it get's closer to Christmas.

Let's not forget all of the wonderful blogging people we know who have Esty shops.  There are some breath taking items in these shops.  And, we'd be supporting each other.  Prayer is our biggest gift to another, in my opinion.

Do what you like with this post.  I took it from my email to share with all of you.  Feel free to share this as well!

Abundant blessings, and may you have a Merry Christmas!!



  1. I had NOT seen this before...but it makes so much sense, doesn't it? Thank you- I am sending it along to some others! xo Diana

  2. I got an email the other day that said that--it's a great idea, isn't it? I love it!

  3. Amen Donna, I hope you won't mind me borrowing part of this post for my blog. You have a lovely blog and I have enjoyed reading your past postings. Your tag book is beautiful.