New American Tradition for Christmas 2011

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I received a forward from a friend today. This is basically what the gist of it said, ” This Christmas we are going to birth a new tradition. Americans should buy American made products from small business owners or give services from them to boost our economy instead of China’s.
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.
Here are some gift ideas:
1- How about gift certificates from your local American hair salon or barber?
2- Gym membership. It’s appropriate for all ages who are thinking about some health improvement.
3- 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
4- 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.
5- There are a 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.
6- 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?
7-Thinking about a heartfelt gift for mom? Mom would LOVE the services of a local cleaning lady for a day.
8- 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.
9- Local crafts people spin their own wool and knit them into scarves. They make jewelry, and pottery and beautiful wooden boxes.
10- Plan your holiday outings at local, owner operated restaurants and leave your server a nice tip.
11- 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.
12- Leave the mailman, trash guy or babysitter a nice BIG tip.
I do think these are great ideas no matter if Americans do or do not contribute to China’s economy this Christmas. Although since our economy is on the brink it’s probably a good idea for us to do all we can to improve it. And let me add as long as I have the freedom to keep Christ in Christmas without persecution I will be happy.
Tell me what you think?


  1. Great ideas! I hope to have a Made in the USA Christmas with my family in 2011. I think the main idea is to buy locally made products or services to help improve our economy and provide more jobs for Americans.

    Fiesta dishes and tea sets are made in the USA. I have found them on sale in recent weeks at JCPenneys or Macy’s. Libbey and Anchor Hocking glassware are made in the USA and can be purchased at Walmart or Bed Bath and Beyond. Yankee Candles are also made in the USA.

    Some of the best USA gifts are oranges from Florida or California, apples from Michigan, pecans from Georgia, and wine from California and almost every other state in the USA.

    Hallmark UNICEF boxed Christmas cards are made in the USA. Most of the other Hallmark boxed Christmas cards are made in China. Let stores know you would like to buy products made in the USA.


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