Thursday, November 24, 2011

New Christmas Traditions

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Thirteen Christmas Traditions 
As foreign factories provide us with monstrous piles of cheaply produced goods -- merchandise that has been produced at the expense of our countries labor. This year will be different. This year we will give the gift of genuine concern for others locally. There is no longer an excuse that nothing can be found that is produced by our hands. Yes there is!

EVERYONE gets their hair cut. How about gift certificates from your local  hair salon or barber?

Purchase a new gym membership at a local gym, or renew a family members' existing one.

Small, locally owned detail shops and car washes would love to see you a gift certificate or a book of them.

Are you one of those extravagant givers who think nothing of forking out the big bucks on a Chinese made flat-screen? Maybe that grateful gift receiver would like his driveway sealed, or lawn mowed for the summer or driveway plowed all winter, or games at a local golf course.

There are a kazillion owner-run restaurants--all offering gift certificates. If your intended isn't the fancy restaurant sort, what about a half dozen breakfasts at the local diner. Remember, this is about supporting a local business owner whose financial lives are 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 a local working guy?

I can't think of a Mom out there who wouldn't LOVE the services of a local cleaning lady for a day.

Your computer needs a tune-up. I KNOW you can find some young computer geek who is struggling to get his repair business up and running.

Maybe you're 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. How about buying from a small family owned jewelry store where you can support  local artisan and have a one of a kind piece made right here in your hometown by local designers. 

Plan your holiday outings at local, owner operated restaurants and leave your server a nice tip. How about tickets to see a play or ballet in your hometown theater?

Musicians need love too, so find a venue showcasing local bands.

When you buy a five dollar string of Christmas lights, 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.

There will be oodles of  eBook devises under the tree this year. Why not load it up with books by local authors, even authors living in your own part of the world? I know they would appreciate the gesture, myself included *wink, wink.

Can you think of a New Christmas Tradition you can start to support those in your community?

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Kimberly Menozzi said...

Now THAT's a great holiday wish list!

I especially like the gift certifcates for haircuts and the gym memberships - and the local restaurant suggestions, too.

(Funny thing - there's a factory in the town where I live in the US which puts together the TVs for several different companies. They're all the same construction, just different names glued to the front and different brands in the hardware/software inside.)

Happy TT!

Darla M Sands said...

Great list! I really like your suggestions. My parents gifted us early with a hot air balloon ride. I never thought about how it kept the money local, but it sure did. :)

Stephanie Adkins said...

What a great list, Adelle! I don't know anyone who doesn't love a gift certificate - of any kind! :) Happy Thursday!

Xakara said...

Wonderful list! Our community is big on pushing Small Business Saturday after Black Friday and it last all season long with an emphasis buying local. It's my favorite time because there are such great local artist all throughut New Mexico.

Happy T13,

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Jennifer Leeland said...

I've been trying to do this. Great idea, Adelle.

Alice Audrey said...

So many of these come in the form of a certificate. But the box is so much more impressive.

Shelley Munro said...

I hate the way Christmas has become so commercial and people expect lavish gifts. I think your ideas are much better and you're supporting the community as well.

angel said...

Great list. Thanks for it.

I try spend locally as much as possible. My pharmacy is a local run Mom & Pop place. They do me well. I try to also get groceries at a local place here as much as possible.

Lady Rose said...

belated happy thanksgiving and thurs 13