Thursday, November 3, 2011

Christmas 2011 - Birth of a New Tradition!

THIS IS A GREAT IDEA! And wouldn’t it be great if everyone would participate?!

As the Christmas holidays approach, the giant Asian factories are kicking into high gear to provide Americans with humongous piles of cheaply produced goods... merchandise that has been produced at the expense of our very own American or Australian labor.
This year Christmas will be different around here - and I hope it will be different at your house too.

This year, Americans will be giving 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.

Because 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 ~ and I mean EVERYONE gets their hair cut.
How about gift certificates from your local American hair salon or barber?
How about massages or manicures?
Gym membership? It's appropriate for all ages - and who isn't 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 - and that helps keep our money in our local community.

Are you one of those extravagant givers who think nothing of plonking down the Benjamin's on a Chinese made flat-screen?
Perhaps that lucky/grateful gift receiver would like his driveway sealed...or lawn mowed for the summer... or their driveway plowed all winter... or maybe even a few games at the local golf course.

There are a bazillion owner-run restaurants around your area ... most offering gift certificates or vouchers.
And, if your intended isn't the fancy eatery sort of person, what about half dozen breakfasts at the local breakfast joint?

Remember, folks this is NOT about helping your big National chains get richer -- this is about supporting your home town Americans.
Americans with their businesses, jobs and homes on the line... and when it comes right down to it, this simple little idea can help them keep their doors open... and so that they don't go under.

I mean, for Pete's sake.... how many people couldn't use an oil change for their car, truck or
motorcycle, one done at a local shop run by the American working guy?

Thinking about a heartfelt gift for mom? Mom would probably LOVE the services of a local cleaning lady for a day.

My computer could use a tune-up, and I KNOW that I can find some young guy who's struggling to get his repair business up and running.

OK... so you were looking for something a little more personal?
Local crafts people spin their own wool and knit them into scarves. They make jewelry, and pottery and beautiful wooden boxes. Check out the local craft markets/flea markets or market gardens.

Plan your holiday or family 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?
Do we really need to see "professional" actors, when it's even more fun watching the Bob the local butcher play Romeo... or the little girl down the street dancing to "The Nutcracker"?
And musicians need love too... so find a venue showcasing local bands, and rock the house down!

Honestly, people, do you REALLY need to buy another ten thousand Chinese
lights for the house?
Sadly, when you buy a five dollar string of lights, only about fifty cents stays in the community. FIFTY CENTS!!
That's just beyond wrong!

Our parents and grandparents celebrated Christmas just fine without the lights and tawdry decorations and expensive gifts... so let's make this the year we get back to the REAL meaning of Christmas!
If you have those kinds of bucks to burn, at least please leave the mailman, trash guy or babysitter a nice BIG tip in their Christmas card!

You see, Christmas should no longer about draining American pockets, so that China can build another glittering city.
Christmas is now about us caring about each other... and us encouraging our local American small businesses to keep plugging away to follow their dreams and keep this country strong!
When we care about other Americans, we care about our own communities, and the benefits come back to us in ways we couldn't even begin to imagine.
This seriously needs to be the new American Christmas tradition.

So go ahead...Feel free to copy this and forward it to everyone on your mailing list
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 needs to be a revolution of caring about each other...
And after all, isn't that really what Christmas is about?
So c'mon people...let's start putting our own people first, and let's start thinking outside the square.


  1. I think this is a wonderful idea, one of the things I try to do is think of things that I can make for gifts.

    Thankfully most of the yarn I use in my knitting and crocheting is made in the united states and the brand of canning jars i use are also produced in the untied states so I am safe with making scarves and jam or preserves.....but now I am thinking about all the other things that can be done without making that trip to the big box store.....

  2. Truly, this is an inspired idea :) I have to tell you as the recipient of so many of these things the past few months- they mean way more to me than any store-bought gadget, gizmo, whatchamacallit!

    One of the biggest sources for ideas I am finding is Pinterest! Anybody looking for a crafty, or clever or recycled idea for a gift should start there... so many thoughtful and practical ideas that come 110 percent from your local community. I'm in Robynn!!

  3. Hello Robynn,
    I found you through Robin @ Be Still and Know. It is my first time to your blog and your post is the message of the hour.
    I am now following your blog and I read many of your posts.
    You are a passionate writer as well as me

  4. This is good food for thought. I have been trying to pay attention to getting things made in the USA. Sometimes it is hard though. I frequently make gifts...if I can find the time. Or gift cards to stores in the area.

    Hope all is well with you! Been awhile since I visited you.


  5. Oh Robynn.... you are just so CLEVER! A girl after my own heart, etc etc. ;) xoxoxox

  6. This is exactly the kinda of thing I love about you. I am totally stealing this and re-posting it everywhere!

  7. you pop in with this great thought provoking post...I thought about a gift certificate to have our windows washed would be nice...cause I hate to wash me some windows :) Have missed you and hope you are doing well...I JUST celebrated one year in remission...hop on over and enter my remission might just win :) I hope to see your name pop up more in my blog feed!

  8. I like your idea very much, Robynn, but I stopped giving gifts to my family and friends years ago. World Vision has a gift catalog that I like so much. For $100 I can give 8 egg-laying chickens to a family in El Salvador, or $100 will buy $1,100 worth of new warm clothes and shoes for children in Mongolia, or $100 will provide job training for a woman in Thailand, or $100 will bring safety, counseling, vocational training and education to a formerly exploited girl in Cambodia. This year $100 will also supply food, clothes and school supplies for needy children in an increasing number of American families who are falling through the cracks. I just feel better about giving Christmas gifts that will make a real difference in others' lives.

  9. I think this is a great idea, and I love that you blogged it. That would be SO meaningful!

  10. Sorry I've been away from reading for so long. It's so hard to keep up with all the blogs I read sometimes. Blogger now offers an email subscription you can add to your sidebar. It's great. When you make an entry in your blog, it comes straight to my inbox. It makes keeping up so much easier. Have a good week!

  11. Love this idea! I have missed you and your inspiring words, my friend. :) Loved catching up with you tonite.