I present this message every December.
It is so good … and it still applies.
In our home, we celebrate the birth of Christ this time of year.
If that’s not what happens at your house, you may still enjoy the ideas here (especially if this is a gift-giving time for your family).
As an American business owner, I appreciate this memo.
It was forwarded to me by a friend an eon ago, it seems.
It packs an introspective, powerful punch.
With a few minor changes for clarity, here is the original for your contemplation.
(If you’re not in the U.S., substitute your country’s name and situation.)
Birth of a New Tradition: Christmas 2011
As the holidays approach, the giant overseas factories are kicking into high gear to provide Americans with monstrous piles of cheaply-produced goods.
Merchandise created at the expense of American labor.
This year, let’s be different.
How about: this year, Americans give the gift of genuine concern for other Americans. We can’t say, at gift giving time, “I can’t find anything made in America.”
It’s time to think outside the box
Almost everyone gets a haircut. How about gift certificates from your American hair salon or barbershop?
Gym membership? Good for anyone thinking about health improvement.
Or, who wouldn’t appreciate getting their car detailed? Small, American detail shops and car washes would love to sell you gift certificates.
Are you one of those extravagant givers who think nothing of plunking down the Benjamins on a non-American-made flat screen TV?
Could that person use a sealed driveway or summer lawn mowing? Maybe the sidewalks plowed all winter, or games at the local golf course?
Keep it local
Owner-run restaurants offer gift certificates. And, if your recipient isn’t the fancy eatery sort, how about a half dozen meals at the local breakfast joint?
Remember, this is about supporting our home town Americans – with their financial lives on the line – by helping them keep their doors open.
Who couldn’t use an oil change for their car, truck, or motorcycle, done at a shop run by an American worker?
Moms or computers
Thinking about a heartfelt gift for a busy mom? She would love a cleaning service for a day. Trust me.
My computer could use a tune-up. I know I can find someone struggling to get a repair business up-and-running. They’ll take care of this for me.
Need something more personal?
Crafters spin their own wool into yarn and knit it into scarves. They make jewelry and pottery and beautiful wooden boxes.
Plan holiday outings at local, owner-operated restaurants, and leave your server a nice tip. How about attending a play or ballet at your hometown venue?
Musicians need love, too. Find a spot showcasing local bands.
Really? More lights?!
And … honestly: do we need another ten thousand lights for our house? About 50 cents of that five dollar strand of Christmas lights stays in town.
If we have those kinds of bucks to burn, let’s leave the mailman, trash guy, or babysitter a nice big tip.
This is the new American Christmas tradition.
To: ‘Author Unknown’ and my readers
From: Kathie York and all of us at Kathie York Writing