This year coud be different, This year Americans could 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!Local workers, jobs etc.
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? Local workers, jobs etc.
Gym membership? It's appropriate for all ages who are thinking about some
health improvement!! Local workers, jobs etc.
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.Local workers, jobs etc.
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, promoting Local workers, jobs etc.
There are a bazillion local owner-run restaurants -- all offering gift certificates. If your intended isn't the 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.Local workers, jobs etc.
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?Local workers, jobs etc.
Thinking about a heartfelt gift for mom? Mom would LOVE the services of a local cleaning lady for a day.Local workers, jobs etc.
My computer could use a tune-up, and I KNOW I can find someone Local who is struggling to keep or get his repair business up and running.Local workers, jobs etc.
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.Local workers, jobs etc.
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.Local workers, jobs etc.
local 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 lights, 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, India or somplace else can build another glittering city. Christmas is now about doing something like 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. Local workers, jobs etc.
If not now when? If not you then Who?
Forward this to everyone on your mailing list -- post it to discussion groups!
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?