Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Buy American

Christmas 2011 -- Birth of a New Tradition
Support our American businesses!

As the holidays approach, foreign 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! Who says a gift needs to fit in a shirt box, wrapped in Chinese produced wrapping paper?  (Even most Hallmark products are made in China.). Mind you I am not against the Chinese at all, but rather more for our American workers!
Everyone, yes everyone, gets their hair cut. How about gift certificate from your local American hair salon or barber? Gym or “Y” 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. 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 many Island owned and 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 spot. 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.
Computers can always use a tune-up, and I know you can find some young or old (!) person who is struggling to get his computer repair business up and running.
OK, you were looking for something more personal. Local artisans spin their own wool and knit them into classically beautiful sweaters and scarves. They make jewelry, sheepskin slippers and hats, and pottery and beautiful wooden boxes to name a few items.
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 theater?
Musicians need love too, so find a venue showcasing local bands.
Honestly, do you really need to buy another few hundred Chinese made lights for the house? When you buy a five dollar string of light, about fifty cents stays in the community. If you have that kind of money to burn, consider leaving it, instead, for the mailman, trash man or babysitter as a nice BIG tip.
You see, these Holidays are no longer about draining American pockets so that other countries can build another glittering city. It 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/Holiday tradition. www.sandcastlemv.com

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