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Dave H

Kiss Black Friday Good-bye, The New Shopping Tradition

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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 plunking

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

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.

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.

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Christmas 2011 -- Birth of a New Tradition

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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.

Thanks for clearing that up. I had previously thought that Christmas was about celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ.

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Christmas 2011 -- Birth of a New Tradition

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.

Very well said Dave!! I hope you don't mind, but I am going to pass this post along to my friends.

Thanks for clearing that up. I had previously thought that Christmas was about celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ.

This post was about a "New Shopping Tradition". While I agree that Jesus is THE reason for the season, we still all (likely) participate in the typical hustle and bustle in some way, buying foreign made junk that the recipient really doesn't care that much about. I think Dave made an excellent point about buying local American and buying well thought out gifts to give to our loved-ones. I'm going to do my best to do so this year.

Rob

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RobDude,

Thanks for filling in the missing word...........SHOPPING

Entropy,

I'm sorry if you and others became offended by your interpratation of the intent of this post. It is strictly intended to raise awareness as to how to keep our hard-earned dollar within our borders. Consider it a Stimulus plan that will actually work and provide benefit to the "little guys"

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im not offended by the post at all, just i know my family would not go for any of the stuff above mentioned, my mom wouldnt like the maids she likes cleaning herself, we wash our own cars etc. either way your still spending money some way and if you go more in depth, im sure not all the parts at the car wash were made in america. not trying to be mean or anything just my eyes, it would be good gifts if people were into it. I have given local restaurant gift certificates for some people but who knows, the paper its made on was probably made in china too:(

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Tell ya what...when the government stops giving corporations reasons to outsource, unions are abolished so that companies can actually make money and Americans start taking some pride again in their products...I'm going to buy the 20 dollar Chinese knock off, that will break in a year over the 200 dollar American product that will break in probably less time...I support American business when the quality and workmanship warrant it....if they don't have pride in their product...why would I be expected to support that product?...Harsh..maybe...but that 200 dollar product would probably be 30 dollars if someone without a diploma sweeping the floor wasn't making 60 dollars an hour on double time...

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