this is a repost of something I just read - and unfortunately could not find the original source - but it rings very true. And you can substitute America for ANY country!
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. 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 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.
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 it 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. 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 hometown Americans with their financial lives on the line to keep their doors open.
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 10,000 Chinese-manufactured lights for the house? When you buy a $5.00 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 can build another glittering city. Christmas is now about caring about the US economy, 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. This is a revolution of caring about each other, and isn't that what Christmas is about?
I did come into the office yesterday - however my heater is broken and they are not fixing it until today. Afte about 10 minutes of freezing to death - I gave up and went home again! Sorry for the delay!! But here we are with the winner of the Green Goody Bag from the retreat.
We had a FAB time up there - tucked up cosy and warm in our scrapping room - who cares what the weather was doing outside. It was even kind enough on Sunday to stop raining for a bit - so we could all get our scrappy stuff back into the cars without getting anything wet!
The fall colours were spectacular!
However - let's roll the RIG and see what it throws up!
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Timestamp: 2011-11-22 19:45:14 UTC
Well it looks like being late to comment paid off this time - with the last commenter being the winner!
Glad you're feeling better. Thanks for the chance to win.
Well done Robin - email me and I will get this out to you and hopefully it will arrive before the Thanksgiving break - or at the very least during it.
Have a FAB Thanksgiving all who are celebrating. Please note the store will be closed Wed, Thu, Fri and Sunday.
However we are open for
SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY
on November 26th from 9-6.
PLUS all that day the whole shop is on sale
30% off every single thing!
...take a break from the madness and have coffee and cake while you shop
well actually it is more inside a Green Bag - and now in my head I can hear Billy Ray Cyrus singing!! Sorry about the lack of posting over the last week - I was down with the sickness - think the last couple of months finally caught up with me and I just could not get enough sleep!! That combined with autumn finally coming here and the change in time - made for one sleepy dora!
However sleepiness has to be banished as this weekend is the last retreat of the year. So what does that mean for you???
Yes Wednesday Winner is....
................Green bag time again.
So get those comments rolling in and I will draw a winner next Monday morning after I get back from the retreat.