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mittsy
Cicero, NY
(Zone 5a)

November 8, 2011
2:53 AM

Post #8881154

I'm sharing this wonderful email with you all. I'd also like to add that when you purchase something made and quilted by an American you are helping all of us.

Christmas 2011 -- Birth of a New Tradition

As the holidays approach, the giant Asian 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, people. Who says a gift needs to fit in
a shirt box, wrapped in Chinese produced wrapping paper?
Everyone -- yes EVERYONE gets their hair cut. How about gift certificates
from your local American hair salon or barber?

Gym 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.

Are you one of those extravagant givers who think nothing of plonking down
the Benjamines on a Chinese made flat-screen? 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 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.

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 wooden boxes.

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, people, do you REALLY need to buy another ten thousand Chinese
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 American pockets so that
China can build another glittering city. Christmas 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 tradition.
Forward this to everyone on your mailing list -- post it to discussion
groups -- throw up a post on Craigslist in the Rants and Raves section in
your city -- send it to the editor of your local paper and radio stations,
and TV news departments. This is a revolution of caring about each other,
and isn't that what Christmas is about?

Thank you for taking the time to read this.


Qwilter
Fleming Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

November 8, 2011
5:01 AM

Post #8881224

I'd already told my friends that there would be many gift cards to local places as gifts this year. We are all tired of dusting.
And more & more I am reading the tags when I go to but something.

Kizmo

Kizmo
Marietta, OH
(Zone 6a)

November 8, 2011
7:11 AM

Post #8881370

Thanks Mittsy, great email! We've been doing this for quite a few years, even the boys adopted it as they got older and married.
abbisgranma
(Marion) Havana, FL
(Zone 8b)

November 8, 2011
7:16 AM

Post #8881375

Thanks Mittsy!!! A very good reminder and one I am definitely going to heed this year.

Quilter5bdsr

Quilter5bdsr
(Barb) Hillsboro, NH
(Zone 5a)

November 8, 2011
8:28 AM

Post #8881457

Great suggestions Mittsy. I have already sent this one to my kids. Told them I wanted photos of each family taken by an American Photographer. I don't care if it is a big pro or a Sears special as long as it is done here...

helenethequeen

helenethequeen
Longboat Key, FL
(Zone 9b)

November 8, 2011
8:31 AM

Post #8881464

We try and use this rule. Especially Artisian purchases.

siliolegma

siliolegma
(Karen) Traverse Cit, MI

November 8, 2011
9:42 AM

Post #8881537

Awesome suggestions Mittsy. We only allow well thought out home made adult gift in our family.. Cookies, candy, calendars, family recipe books. We need to get thinking about this for kids too.

psychw2

psychw2
(Pat) Kennewick, WA
(Zone 5b)

November 12, 2011
10:19 AM

Post #8887059

Last year I was given a AWESOME scrapbook/ recipe book kind of thing that combines photos and family recipes.

My Sweetie always freezes an extra homemade entree when we have dinner. His sister hates to cook, he is a GREAT cook. This is one of the homemade gifts we provide.

When I can combine RECYLING with gifting, I am even happier! This year I have a copy of rag quilts in the works using old jeans on one side and new cotton fabrics on the other.
happgarden
Kansas City (Joyce), MO
(Zone 5a)

December 13, 2011
12:22 PM

Post #8928035

Wow Mittsy, you need to post this everywhere! I came to look at the placemats and have been trolling all over this forum. Everything is absolutely amazing and beautiful.
Qwilter
Fleming Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

December 16, 2011
10:10 AM

Post #8932036

I am NOT a ahopper. I attempt to avoid stores during the holidays.
I had to attend a meeting this afternoon so decided to hit WalMart & Kohl's afterward. Figured there would be less of a crowd at 1100 than 4PM.

Well,the stores wer indeed busy but the people shoppping were actually friendly. Even those in the parking lot did not attempt to run me over.

So perhaps there is a bit more of the holiday spirit in people this year.

The good news is, I am now done. DH now will have new jeans & slippers under the tree. And I have new gloves & a new pr of black casual shoes.

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