Wednesday, November 16, 2011

An American Christmas

I read this post over at Debbie’s and thought I’d share it here as well.  It is jam-packed with gift-giving ideas supporting American small businesses in the process.  {I’ve inserted my own thoughts throughout}

Keep your money in America this Christmas! 

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?  {I’m thinking of doing newspaper with with fun embellishments}

Everyone -- yes EVERYONE gets their hair cut.   How about gift certificates from your local American hair salon or barber?  {ooh, ooh pick me, pick me!} ;)

Gym membership? It's appropriate for all ages who are thinking about some health improvement.  {Our friends already had gym memberships, so one year we went in to the gym and asked if we could make one of their payments}

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?  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.  {or two, or three!}

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.  {repeat, leave your server a tip.  A good, reasonable tip.  Bless them!}  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.
{Might save on your electricity bill as well!}

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.

{I would love stealing hearing some of your gift-giving ideas you have or have done in the past.  Will you share them in comments?  I’ll compile the ideas and post the day after Thanksgiving.}

It’s All Support Small Businesses Good!



  1. Brenda,
    Thanks for passing this idea along! I love what you've added!

    Your tipping idea reminds me of something I did one Easter, when we went to a restaurant after church. The week before Easter, I went to Lifeway and bought a mason jar full of cookies, already wrapped and tied with a cute ribbon (yes, at Lifeway). Then I bought a small, inexpensive pocket sized devotional, and wrapped all of that in a gift bag. At the end of the meal, along with a reasonable tip, I handed the waiter the gift and told him "thanks" for working on that particular day and that we appreciated all that he did for us. He was really surprised!

    I love your "get out of school" coupons, as well. Collin would LOVE that in his stocking this year!

  2. Super ideas, we should all do this every year, all year and give the our economy a good shot in the arm!!!


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