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    This Christmas - The Birth of a New Tradition!

    An interesting idea worth passing on.
    Christmas 2011 - 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 and merchandise that has been produced at the expense of American jobs. Yet this year can be different.

    This year Americans can give the gift of genuine concern for others. There is no longer an excuse that, at gift giving time, nothing can be found that is produced by American hands. Yes there is, so think outside the box!

    Who says a gift needs to fit in a shirt box, wrapped in Chinese produced wrapping paper?

    EVERYONE gets their hair cut, so how about gift certificates from your local hair salon or barber?

    Gym membership? It's appropriate for all ages who are thinking about health improvement.

    Who wouldn't appreciate getting their car detailed? Local car wash shops would love to sell you a gift certificate or a book of gift certificates that will last for months.

    Are you one of those extravagant givers who think nothing of plonking down the Benjamines on a Chinese made flat-screen TV? Perhaps that grateful gift receiver would prefer his driveway sealed, or lawn mowed for the summer, or lessons at the local golf course instead.

    Does someone on your list want to learn how to play golf...tennis...horseback riding...sailing?? Think lessons.

    There are a tons of restaurants offering gift certificates. And, if your preference isn't the fancy eatery, what about a half dozen breakfast gift cards at the local IHOP, Starbucks, Panera?

    This is about supporting your home town -- Americans with their financial lives on the line to keep the doors of their businesses open.

    How many people could use an oil change for their car, truck or motorcycle, done at a shop run by our neighbors? How about pest control services? Get the point?

    Thinking about a heartfelt gift for mom? How about the services of a local cleaning lady for a day.

    Planning a holiday dinner? How about going to a local restaurant with the family, and leaving your server a nice tip. It will be nice to leave the cooking to others, so that we can have a good time.

    And, how about going out to see a play or ballet at your hometown theater? Musicians need love too, so find a venue showcasing local bands.

    Honestly, do we REALLY need to buy another ten thousand Chinese lights for the lawn during the holidays? If you have those kinds of bucks to burn, leave the mailman, trash guy or babysitter a nice BIG tip to show your appreciation for their help all year long.

    Christmas is no longer about draining our pockets so that China can build another glittering city. Christmas is about caring for us, and encouraging American small businesses to keep plugging away to follow their dreams.

    When we care about others, we care about our communities, and the benefits come back to us in ways we couldn't imagine.

    So, donate to your church until it hurts, feed the homeless, or start any other tradition of giving during Christmas, but let's keep it going hroughout the entire year for we are blessed.

    Please consider forwarding this note to your friends and family, and let's make every festive occasion an opportunity for caring.

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    Re: This Christmas - The Birth of a New Tradition!

    Not a bad idea, Ms. Moderator.
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    Re: This Christmas - The Birth of a New Tradition!

    Quote Originally Posted by Knight-mare View Post
    Not a bad idea, Ms. Moderator.

    Thanks,

    When I read it the first time it got me to thinking, "What a great idea." This is what community is really about.

    Does anyone really need another cheaply made article from the big box stores?


    I can see where any one of these suggestions would be welcomed and fun for any recipient.

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    Re: This Christmas - The Birth of a New Tradition!

    There are many MLM/DS companies in the US. That make their own products.

    If you're making a conscious effort to buy US, you might try getting ahold of your favorite neighborhood DS/MLM'r to fill out your shopping list 'obligations'.

    Not only that but your purchase will help that particular IBO ad to his bottom line... it's a 'win win' situation.

    Just an idea.
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    Re: This Christmas - The Birth of a New Tradition!

    Many communities have arts & craft fairs this time of year. A great opportunity to buy a truly unique, hand-made gift for someone. Another option is hand made furniture. There are many local companies that specialize in handmade, heirloom quality home furnishings...

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    Re: This Christmas - The Birth of a New Tradition!

    These are great ideas.

    Buy from a local MLM sales person.

    Buy from local artisans.

    Purchase from local small business owners.

    What about Goodwill and local resale shops? Many times you can find great items in these stores.

    Love flowers and plants? Local florists and nurseries.

    Know someone who dotes on their pet? How about a gift certificate to a local pet groomer, pet store, or their vet?

    Any other great ideas?

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