I think this is a great idea, don’t you.
*Subject:* A new Christmas Tradition
*This was forwarded by a friend! sounds like a great idea to me.
MERRY Christmas! *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
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. Spread the Christmas cheer this year,
The American Way.
Here are some more ideas. Non Profits may sell ornements or other items. You could help by buying these and giving them as gifts.
How about if a friend needs help around their house or yard you could post the job on HirePatriots and pay for it to help them out and a vet at the same time. By the way that is us so you don’t have to look us up just go to post jobs.
Be creative and if have a good Idea please post it in the comments for others to see.
I thought I might pass this on too.
Can’t find made in USA products for Christmas gifts? Oh yes you can. Try the sites on this page for ALL MADE IN USA products.If everyone makes an effort to do this it will help the economy in this country. Pass this on to everyone you know and lets have a Happy Made In USA Christmas.
*** Up Date***
Regina Moriarty from Middleboro on the Move. Emailed me this list. This is my home town so I am posting it here . I suggest anyone or organization from other town who want to post do so in the comments. You will have to register to get a log in password, it is free.
MIDDLEBORO ON THE MOVE
LET’S START A NEW CHRISTMAS TRADITION
This year instead of buying cheaply made toys and gifts manufactured in the Far East at the expense of American jobs, let’s give gifts we can guarantee will contribute to the local community and reduce the environmental impact of all that wrapping paper. THINK GIFT CERTIFICATES.
How about a membership to a gym or other activity?
Middleboro YMCA Eclectic Karate Inst Shoulin Martial Arts
E. Grove St. 67 Everett St. 34 Center St.
Know someone who is barely computer literate or just needs a computer tune-up? Try some of the following for help.
Red Systems Inc South Shore Computer Softwire Inc
4 Brenrae Dr. 238 Center St. 16 Commerce Blvd.
Measurement Computer Corp New England Systems
2 Commerce Blvd. 331 W. Grove St.
Everyone gets his or her hair cut. Give a gift certificate for:
374 Center St.
L J’s Barber Shop
54 Center St.
Lisa’s Barber Shop and Salon
88 E. Grove St.
1 N. Main St.
Anna and Company
12 Wareham St.
Beauty Box Salon
73 School St. Ext.
Beehive Hair Salon
35 Pearl St.
523 Center St.
David Allen Salon
151 Center St.
3 Main St.
.Laurie’s Country Cutting
113 E. Grove St.
Maggie’s Hair Etc.
18 Merchants Way
7 Nickerson Ave
New Concepts Hair Salon
111 Center St.
Lynne Petrowski Beauty Shop
10 Rock St.
438 W. Grove St.
10 Wareham St.
Serenity Hair Salon
260 Center St.
Serenity Hair Salon Mara’s Barber Shop Michelle’s Hair Etc.
260 Center St. Center St. 25 Wareham St.
Restaurant gift certificates guarantee that the money will go into the local economy from the busboys to the waiters, bartenders and yes the owners. That’s why the big national chains are not listed.
Apazidis Family Restaurant Flat Iron Café Lindo’s Pizza
194 E. Grove St. 444 Center St. 2 Wareham St.
China Sails Friendly’s Lorenzo’s Restaurant
3 E. Grove St. 40 Bedford St. W. Grove St.
Dave’s Diner Harry’s Bar & Grille Middleboro House of Pizza
390 W. Grove St. 407 W. Grove St 29 N. Main St.
Fireside Grille Hideaway Restaurant Persy’s Place
30 Bedford St. 9 Station St. 43 Bedford St.
Tiki Buddha Coffee Milano Binky’s Place
10 Merchants Way 58 Center St. 217 Bedford St.
The Cabin Stoney’s Pub Shooter’s Restaurant
114 E. Grove St. 456W. Grove St. 360 Wareham St.
656 Wareham St.
Given today’s high prices for gasoline and auto repair try a gift card from:
Bourne Petroleum Middleboro Exxon Middleboro Shell
414 W. Grove St. 150 S. Main St. 2 W. Grove St.
Middleboro Sunoco Shell Mart A & A Automotive
155 S. Main St. 63 Bedford St. 381 W. Grove St.
Junior’s Automotive Lenny’s Auto Body Scott’s Auto Body
359 W. Grove St. Route 28 16 Cushman St.
Yankee Auto Body
85 Everett St.
Don’t overlook the out of doors. Landscape services, trees, bushes and statuary will brighten the yard.
Dellarocco Landscaping Greener Horizon Tim Roderiques
193 W. Grove St. 7 Clayton Rd. 208 Old Center St.
Soldeville Lawns William’s Trading Post Nicholas Horticulture
331 W. Grove St. 556 Wareham St. 336 Wareham St.
Northern Pines Prestige Landscaping Spillane’s Nursery
161 Gove St 21 Forest St. 230 Bedford St.
But if you really prefer to have a gift to wrap, take a walk downtown along Center Street and Main Street. You can surely find something to please from toys to gifts for the homeat Benny’s, 85 Center Street, books, games or collectables at Maria’s, 1 Center Street, or Continental Gift Shop 27 Murdock St., jewelry at Alco Jewelry & Antiques, 19 S. Main Street, Greg Scott Jewelers, 45 Center Street, or Gifts of the Magpie, 111 Center St. or something unique for the collectorat The Emporium, 45 Center Street, for the sportsman at Reedy’s, 31 Center Street, The Middleboro Gun Shop, 194 E. Grove St.,C&F Gun Shop, W. Grove St. or Tom’s Bait Shop, for home accessories at Egger’s Furniture, 177 Center Street or Custom Decorator , 20 Center St. and don’t forget Mack’s MusicCenter, 16 Wareham St. or Brennan’s Smoke Shop, 111 Center St.
And why not consider alternative wrapping? A table cloth or pretty dish towel goes nicely over household gifts, scarves and pillowcases also work. For baby gifts try a receiving blanket. Small items can be wrapped in a lovely handkerchief. Many of these items can be found at the re-sale shops.
Ragz Magnolia’s Bridal Second Chance
370 Center St. 330 Wareham St. 25 Center St.
For an un-employed veteran, the best present of all is a job. So, if you know someone with a job opening full time, part time or temporary, even for just one day, log onto http://massachusetts.hirepatriots.com/and fill in the info.
Middleboro on the Move