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Sandy Navas
November 4th, 2011, 07:38 PM
A friend of mine posted this on Facebook and I agree totally. Thought there may be others here who would share the idea!

I'm totally taking this to heart. It's lengthy, but I hope everyone takes the time to read it and REALLY do it! 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 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?

quilter.martha
November 4th, 2011, 07:45 PM
Oh how I agree Sandy! We should all buy locally and support American enterprise as much as possible! How I wish all the fabric we purchase was American made! It's my one regret about this wonderful art. But, from what I'm told, there is only ONE American textile mill left--Cranston who makes VIP Prints. I wouldn't complain at the price at all if I knew those dollars we pay per yard were going to American businesses.

debinmalaga
November 4th, 2011, 08:07 PM
Excellent suggestions, thanks so much for sharing that with us. Mike and I go to great lengths to buy American whenever it's an option (furniture, plastic containers, food grown domestically) but local services DO make great gifts and it's a true "stimulus" locally.

Larinelle
November 4th, 2011, 08:30 PM
Sandy, that works not only for America, unfortunately. It is a flood of Chinese goods all over the world... and not always of the good quality...
I would live to buy more expencive but with a high quality, but often there is no choice!

Divine Daisy
November 4th, 2011, 08:44 PM
Last Christmas i made up my mind to scale things down. We are very lucky in our family, there was nothiing anyone really NEEDED. For the past few years i have felt i have just been buying 'stuff'. To desperately wrack your brains to try to find just somethinggggggg someone might like and need was taking more energy than i had frankly.

So, i started in the summer and i made liquers. i made kewi vodka, raspberry gin, ginger and lemon grass gin,plum rum and cherry brandy. All the fruit i bought locally or picked myself. The small bottles were produced here in the UK, as were the baskets i packed everything in. i made shortbread at the last minute and everyone got a presentation basket of liqures and shortbread. Know what? Everyone LOVED their gifts. I spent very little and made everything myself.

Accepted we dont have any little ones in the family....hoping that is corrected next year lol. But i believe that you can buy locally and make the gifts yourself. It makes a differance to everything............the impact on your pocket and on local commerce and people realise how much effort you have put in. The time it took wasnt much either. One saturday to assemble the fruit and spirits to seep and a weekend to bake the shortbread.

Anyway thats my 2 pennies worth. Lets remember what Christmas is about eh? Whatever you religion .......if you have any at all, i believe it is about showing you care about others.......those you know and love and those you have never met.

Gets off my soap box and wanders off to sew some stuff

hugs all
Daisy

mitzs
November 4th, 2011, 09:13 PM
I posted this to my facebook Sandy. There are some great ideas there.

BellasQuilts
November 4th, 2011, 09:22 PM
Sandy, I couldn't agree more. I was appointed by the US Secretary of State to be a member of the District Export Council. What we do, as experts in export, is to promote the sale of U.S. Goods abroad. I have lately been harping on all our senators and congressmen to also add in Promote Made in the USA to AMERICANS! Look around you...what was made here? Not much I am sure. So this Christmas do as Sandy says and buy AMERICAN! Haircuts, oil changes, etc. all keep US dollars here at home! Let's give the USA A GREAT CHRISTMAS BY BUYING OUR OWN GOODS!

janluna
November 4th, 2011, 10:40 PM
I read this when you posted it on Face Book! I'm all for it! Do you know even our servicemen and women's uniforms are made outside this county? We don't even have a shirt factory anymore. Let alone the rest of the stuff we've lost. Simply amazing! And very scary! Hugs, Jan L.

BellasQuilts
November 5th, 2011, 11:25 AM
Did you also know that new passports now have a chip in them and we don't even make our own Passports here! They are made offshore. Ridiculous in my opinion.

Sandy Navas
November 5th, 2011, 12:19 PM
Especially since you can walk through the suqs (markets) in the middle east and pick up a passport from just about any country and they will put your information in it . . . and you can't tell them from the real thing.

KiltedQuilter
November 5th, 2011, 02:13 PM
SO true, SHOP LOCAL people!

Over here in the UK our small shops, run by REAL people NOT faceless stores are having a tough time of it. I buy local when I can. As far as the "Holiday" period goes, I think less is more. I would rather have a handmade trinket over a mass produced piece of tat anyday of the week(unless it's that new Batman game, that looks quite good, hubby wants either that or a ukelele for his Xmas, so I may get him the game then I can play it, bad me!:icon_twisted: ).

This year I am tempted to give everyone in the family a goat (http://www.oxfam.org.uk/shop/oxfam-unwrapped-animal-lovers/OU5028LS?intcmp=shop_ouhub_list2_goat_270911)(<click the word), my older son is of an opinion right now that he should get everything he wants ....and he has no idea A) what things cost or B) that GIVING to other people might be nice *sigh :( I didn't bring him up to be like this(hoping it's a phase) and it's bothering me.

Don't think the goat thing will fly but boy am I tempted. Would perhaps do him good to think of what he has and what he thinks he "needs" compared with what some people need!



ps. kudos to Sandy for posting this!

mrswindy4
November 5th, 2011, 03:23 PM
http://www.apparelsearch.com/world_clothing_industry/united_states/Fabric_Mills_USA.htm

This is a list of US Textiles...its not a very long list at all :(

EsGrandma
November 5th, 2011, 03:31 PM
Absolutely love this post! I was really struggling with thinking of good things to give my FIL and MIL - They would absolutely love to have their car detailed (a neighbor owns a detailing shop), as would others on my list - thanks - you have really changed my thinking for Christmas and made it more fun! Linda

quiltingtrish
November 5th, 2011, 06:29 PM
Great idea!!! I usually make people something or give gift certificates for local things. Dad gets a gift certificate for a local hardware store or resturant. He loves it. This way he doesn't have more 'things' sitting around his home that need dusting and taking up space.

Hugs,

Loonwatcher
November 5th, 2011, 08:36 PM
I was in a furniture/gift shop today in NH and they had beautiful quilts with hand quilting at really great prices. I told her a quilt she had for $109 would be about $180 in my town. She asked "for local or imported quilts?" Hers were all imported from India. And I'm guess som poor 13 yr old girl was slaving away doing all that quilting. I didn't buy any, despite the awesome price.

Mrs.Sew&Sew
November 5th, 2011, 08:40 PM
I got that via email as well! I was just thinking today about it. We were going to give everyone in my family and close friends my sons senior pictures this year for Christmas. But the CD and copyright release are not in yet and I think it would take to long to get them back from the printer and they have to be cleaned up and air brushed!
So I was doing some searching on Etsy today to see what I could find! :D

Sandy Navas
November 5th, 2011, 08:44 PM
I was in a furniture/gift shop today in NH and they had beautiful quilts with hand quilting at really great prices. I told her a quilt she had for $109 would be about $180 in my town. She asked "for local or imported quilts?" Hers were all imported from India. And I'm guess som poor 13 yr old girl was slaving away doing all that quilting. I didn't buy any, despite the awesome price.

That is so sad. I remember being in a store when we were traveling a few years ago and I was oohing and ahhing all over the hand-made quilts and then discovered they were all imported. I once bought a machine pieced but hand quilted comforter at one of the big name discount stores for less than $20. Go figure - would that I had known what I know now.