Birth of a New Tradition

My mom recently sent me an email, actually a SPAM email as it instructs you to send it to all your friends.  I was taken with part of the underlying content.  That of supporting local business.  This particular email is aimed at slamming foreign made goods, particularly Asian made goods.  But the underlying concept is GREAT!  
Instead of buying mass produced and imported goods, support your local businesses, even though many Chains, whether Grocery, Restaurant, Mechanic, Beautician, or Department Store go a long way toward support of,  and employ many in your community, perhaps your local small business owner can use your help too!  It doesn’t matter if you live in North Carolina as she does, or in Ecuador, or Bangladesh, or Merida Mexico as I do.  Buy from and support your local community.  
Tis the season.  
I am including most of that email message here should you care to read!  It could be quite generic if you replace Asian and China or Chinese with Foreign Made, and American with My local Community.  I like the underlying message.

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 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 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.

About Debi in Merida

I moved from Colorado Springs, Colorado USA to Merida, Yucatan, MX in January 2006. I love to read, garden, travel, and hang out with friends.
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4 Responses to Birth of a New Tradition

  1. I like your new format a lot.
    To take your article a step further, check labels on prepared foods and buy the ones produced close to home. Buy produce and other perishables from within 50 miles of where you are. (A lot of the chain store produce in the USA is grown in China.) Gift ideas can include local jams, movie passes, theater and concert tickets, etc. For American made products, go to the site for a list of thousands of products of all kinds. Or try for an even longer list.

  2. Rainie says:

    Great idea! Thanks Debi. Maybe post on Facebook too so we can all share your post and spread the idea.

  3. Anonymous says:

    I love the new format…so much easier to read! Kathe

  4. Sara says:

    What a great way to spread some Holiday cheer, Thanks for sharing!

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