Christmas 2011 – Birth of a New Tradition

I know blog posts are supposed to be short but I’m going to make an exception with this one. I’ll try to condense the basic idea but will follow with the whole story for those that may want to read further. Our country is in pretty bad shape right now and we don’t seem to have many leaders in either political party that are close with a solution.

What can we do to help that provides positive energy to the earth? This requires very little effort, if any at all. Just a little bit of a mindshift is required.

This email came to me a few days ago and it really touched my heart. I don’t know the author so I can’t give them any credit but I really have to share it. Since I’ve become involved with TCA I’ve become more aware of the impact of shopping local and the good that it brings to the community. I’ve gotten to know many small business owners on a deeper level here in the Northern Colorado area and I know how much they are struggling in this economy.

We need to stop driving so far to save a buck or two at the big box stores when we could walk, or not drive far, to a local business. We’re using less fuel and putting our money back to work in the community. It might even cost you less after you consider how much you just spent on that tank of gas.

Here’s the email in full, with only a few revisions…. enjoy and Happy Upcoming Holidays to everyone…..

 What goes around, comes around ~



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 a gift certificate 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 plunking down the Benjamin’s 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 theatre.

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?

6 thoughts on “Christmas 2011 – Birth of a New Tradition

  1. Vicki – I enjoyed reading your post this morning. Great suggestions for a “local” celebration!

      1. Our family has many ttridaions, but the one that means the most is being with our family on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, sharing, visiting and laughing together.

    1. Every Christmas Logan’s parents hide a scaeipl glass Christmas pickle ornament on the tree. The first child to find it wins a prize usually a Kinder Surprise (a favourite in our household).

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