November 26, 2020

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.

Oh…. Yes there is!

It is 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 plunking
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.

There are gazillion 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 about home baked goods? Who doesn’t appreciate a cake, cookies or
pie to help on the holidays, or an extra casserole to have on hand?

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 you 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. What, 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.

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 (We the People), 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 could not 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?


-Hugh Mitchell

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