Invece di un cinema potreste andare a vedere un balletto o a teatro. Pure attori e musicisti hanno bisogno di affetto.
Onestamente, avete VERAMENTE bisogno di altri centinaia di decorazioni di Natale cinesi in casa? Quando compri le queste cose solo pochi centesimi rimangono nella propria comunità. Se proprio hai tutti questi soldi in più dà una bella mancia al postino, al signore che si alza all’alba per ritirare I tuoi rifiuti o alla baby sitter che ti aiuta.
QUESTA è la nuova tradizione di Natale!
As the holidays approach, the giant Asian factories are kicking into high gear to provide our countries with monstrous piles of cheaply produced goods — merchandise that has been produced at the expense of local labor. This year will be different. This year all should give the gift of genuine concern for other locals. There is no longer an excuse that, at gift giving time, nothing can be found that is produced by local workers’ 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 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 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 gives 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.
How many people couldn’t use an oil change for their car, truck or motorcycle, done at a shop run by the local 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 theatre.
Musicians need love too, so find a venue showcasing local bands.
Honestly, people, do you REALLY need to buy more Christmas decorations? When you buy these things only a few cents stay 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 people’s pockets so that China can build another glittering city. Christmas is now about caring about and encouraging local small businesses to promote local economy. THIS is the new Christmas tradition.