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    Buy from local community 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?
    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 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.

    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 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, 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.
    Forward this 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 is a revolution of caring about each other,
    and isn't that what Christmas is about?

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    Buy what u are willing to pay based on ur need and ur perception of quality. The economic wheel will always turn.

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