Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Americans: Let's Begin A New Holiday Tradition

A friend forwarded this gift-giving idea to me a couple weeks ago in an email. I've been holding onto it until the time was a bit closer to the actual holidays. In light of Obama's new CHRISTMAS TREE TAX to "support a new Federal program to improve the image and marketing of Christmas trees," now seems like a perfect time to share it.  I like this idea so much and I hope you will like it, too ... so much that you join me in carrying out a new holiday tradition that will help Americans get back to work.

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 can 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 plunking down the paper money 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 the 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.

Feel free to forward this to everyone on your mailing list -- post it to discussion groups -- 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?
SCATS ~~ Let's make this year's holiday celebration the best Merry Christma-kwanza-kah ever!!


Anonymous said...

LOL Here is an update on the tax on Christmas tress. They decided to not do it right now. He got lots of criticism. Good!

Anonymous said...

More false outrage for something initiated by the industry, not the government, and planned well before the current president took office.

But I guess it doesn't fit the narrative of the tax-crazy socialist dems.

Anonymous said...

12:59 This in not outrage but disbelief at the waste of money in many sectors of our government. And it is humorous in its absurdity.

Who said anyone was blaming this president? The original act that was the initiative for all these projects was in 1996. Who was president then? But still not blaming anyone. It was passed by senate and congress and signed into law.
It is just a waste of money. Blame Canada maybe? Just kidding Cartman.

Anonymous said...

Another reason why I celebrate Festivus. You only need a pole.