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Christmas 2011-Birth of a new tradition

November 3, 2011

My friend Dina sent this to me. I’m not sure where she got it. I thought it was such a simple, beautiful idea that I had to repeat it here verbatim.


Christmas 2011 — Birth of a New Tradition

As the holidays approach, giant factories are kicking into high gear to provide monstrous piles of cheaply produced goods. This
year will be different. It’s time to think outside the (gift) box. Who says a gift needs to fit in a shirt box, wrapped in shiny wrapping paper?

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

Gym membership? It’s appropriate for all ages who are thinking about some health improvement. Or how about a gift certificate for Zumba, Yoga, Tai Chi, Meditation class, or a Massage!!

Who wouldn’t appreciate getting their car detailed? Small 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 cash on a flat-screen TV? 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 neighbors 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?

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 handmade crafts.

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, do you REALLY need to buy another ten thousand 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 our pockets. Christmas is now about caring about people, encouraging small businesses to keep plugging away to follow their dreams. And, when we care about other small businesses, we care about our communities, and the benefits come back to us in ways we couldn’t imagine.

THIS is the new Christmas. Spread the cheer!

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