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grant_west 11-09-2011 4:06 PM

A New American Christmas?
I got this e-mail and thought I would share it

Christmas is coming SOON.


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'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 Benjamines on a Chinese made flat-screen? Perhaps that grateful gift receiver would like his driveway sealed, or lawn mowed for the summer, or driveway pl owed 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 .

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. 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 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 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. THIS will stimulate Job growth in America.

behindtheboat 11-09-2011 7:51 PM

but my barber is Korean

grant_west 11-10-2011 10:49 AM

LOL So is mine. I know the senario is not Perfict but you get the point. If you just spent your money local IT CAN make a diff.
I know Kids are not gonna like a Gift Cert to get the car washed or to Chucky Cheese. And you might have to go to "Wally Mart" to get them that special toy Made in China that they want but there is plenty of people you know that Im sure this Idea would work on,

I got a problem with the Light's on The house Idea! I love LED's and 99% of them are made in China or Over Sea's Like I said its Not perfict. But I like the Idea.

Riteride 11-10-2011 12:43 PM

I think they are great ideas... You could always give the gift of an American made tower accessory;) We here at Starone Wake pride ourselves on that we are a U.S. manufactured tower and accessory company.. All the women in my family this year are getting day spa packages.. I am just looking for ideas for the little kids that are not just cheaply made toys that do not even last a month.. And for the guys I am putting together a golf weekend in tahoe.. I work my hardest to try to spend my money on American made products, lets keep our money here instead of sending it overseas..

denverd1 11-10-2011 2:33 PM

all very good ideas. Nice post Grant

grant_west 11-10-2011 7:12 PM

I don't know if any of you have gotten the E-mail the talks about the HUGE ship that sails from china FULL and docks here in the US and leaves with NOTHING.
it's a pretty sobering story of how the US is just a Giant black hole for Chinese good's. They produce and we consume. Its like they are feeding their pet.
We have become a Nation of Super Size and Mass Quanity at the lowest price.
Example I go to Home Depot. I need a few PVC pipe fittings they are selling a pre packed BAG of like 20 fittings for the price of like 5 fittings, Even though I only need 5 You go ahead and buy the bag of 20? Its like the stores are set up to sell you as much as you can EVEN if you don't need it.

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