This Christmas – The Birth of a New Tradition!

Modified 11-6-11 by Keith Larsen to remove negative aspects.

Christmas 2011 – The Birth of a New Tradition!

This year Americans can give the gift of genuine concern for others. There is no longer an excuse that, at gift giving time, nothing can be found that is produced by American hands. Yes there is, so think outside the box!

EVERYONE gets their hair cut, so how about gift certificates from your local hair salon or barber?
Gym membership? Its appropriate for all ages who are thinking about health improvement.
Who wouldn’t appreciate getting their car detailed? Local car wash shops would love to sell you a gift certificate or a book of gift certificates that will last for months.

Perhaps that grateful gift receiver would prefer his driveway sealed, or lawn mowed for the summer, or lessons at the local golf course instead. Does someone on your list want to learn how to play golf…tennis…horseback riding…sailing?? Think lessons.

There are a tons of restaurants offering gift certificates. And, if your preference isn’t the fancy eatery, what about a half dozen breakfast gift cards at the local ¬†Restaurant?

This is about supporting your home town — Americans with their financial lives on the line to keep the doors of their businesses open.
How many people could use an oil change for their car, truck or motorcycle, done at a shop run by our neighbors?
How about pest control services? Get the point?
Thinking about a heartfelt gift for mom? How about the services of a local cleaning lady for a day.
Planning a holiday dinner? How about going to a local restaurant with the family, and leaving your server a nice tip. It will be nice to leave the cooking to others, so that we can have a good time.
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.
Buy some art or a certificate from a local gallery.
How about Travel Certificates? Can you share your miles with someone special to you?

Also (…) leave the mailman, trash guy or babysitter a nice BIG tip to show your appreciation for their help all year long.

Christmas can be about encouraging American small businesses to keep plugging away to follow their dreams. When we care about others, we care about our communities, and the benefits come back to us in ways we couldnt imagine. So, donate to your church until it hurts, feed the homeless, or start any other tradition of giving during Christmas, but lets keep it going hroughout the entire year for we are blessed. Please consider forwarding this note to your friends and family, and lets make every festive occasion an opportunity for caring.

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