2011 Birth of a new Christmas Tradition!


takoda
on Nov 24, 2011 @ 07:42 am



As
the holidays
approach, the
giant Asian
factories are
kicking into
high
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gear
to provide
Canadians with
monstrous
piles of
cheaply
produced goods
--

merchandise
that has been
produced at the
expense of
Canadian labor
.
This

year will be
different.
This year
Canadians will
give the gift
of genuine

concern for
other
Canadians.
There is no
longer an
excuse that,
at gift

giving time,
nothing can be
found that is
produced by
Canadians
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 Canadian
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,
Canadian 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

Canadian 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
Canadian
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
lights, 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
Canadian
pockets so
that

China can
build another
glittering
city. Christmas
is now about
caring about

us,
encouraging
Canadian small
businesses to
keep plugging
away to follow

their
dreams.
And, when we
care about
other
Canadians, we
care about our

communities,
and the
benefits come
back to us in
ways we
couldn't
imagine.

THIS is
the new
Canadian 
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?





BUY
CANADIAN - BE 
CANADIAN - The
job you save
might be your
own








   
 


2 Replies


shagtownlady
LOVE THIS! on Nov 24, 2011 @ 09:49 am

This is such a good message to get out there for the holidays, and throughout the whole year!! We should all try to support local /Canadian businesses more, rather than going straight to the big box stores and brand names, especially for gift-giving. It often gives more meaning to the gift - and it's a responsible thing to do, just like bringing your own reusable bags!
This year I've gotten a few Christmas gifts for close family on etsy.com - it's another great way to shop for your loved ones as there are so many Canadians, and people all over the globe on there who sell interesting, unique handmade and vintage items.

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takoda
Happy you liked it on Nov 24, 2011 @ 12:55 pm

I'm just sorry it came out the way it did on here, I just copied it from
an email I got this morning. I'm not good with computer's and even
after people tell me how to fix things like this I never can remember
how what they told me. Any how I feel like we all need to help our own
local businesses to keep running and even more so in these last few
years. Lets all try to keep the money at home, hopefully more job's will
come from doing it.
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