Lets start a new family tradition this year. Merry Christmas everyone.
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. Oh.... Yes there is! It is 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 plunking down the Benjamins on a Chinese-made flat-screen TV? 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 gazillion 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 (We the People), 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 could not imagine.
THIS is the new American Christmas tradition!!
"If you lack the courage to start, you have already finished."
The woman came out of a man's rib. NOT from his feet to be walked on... NOT from his head to be superior... But... From his SIDE -- to be equal... under his arm to be protected... and next to his heart to be loved.
Some people come into your life as Blessings. others come into your life as Lessons.
We'll be friends until we are old and senile. Then we'll be new friends.
YOU WANNA FILL SOME SHOES
OF THAT HERO
WHO WAS ON THE MOVIE SCREEN
OR SOME IDOL..ANY SPORTS STAR AND SUCH
YOU SEE IT EVERY DAY
YOU WANT A REAL HERO
LOOK IN THE MIRROR
IT IS YOU
Life is too short for drama & petty things, so kiss slowly, laugh insanely, love truly and forgive quickly.
The 11th to 20th commandments, these really make you think.
11th. Thou shalt not worry, for worry is the most
unproductive of all human
12th. Thou shalt not be fearful, for most of the things we
fear never come
13th. Thou shalt not cross bridges before you come to
them, for no one has
yet succeeded in accomplishing this.
14th. Thou shalt handle only one problem at a time, and
leave the others to
the Lord until their turn comes up.
15th. Thou shalt not take troubles to bed with you, for
they make very poor
16th. Thou shalt not try to carry the problems of the
world on your
shoulders, for nobody (except for One) has a back that is
17th. Thou shalt be a good listener, for God often speaks
to us through the
mouths of others.
18th. Thou shall not try to relive yesterday; for good or
ill, it is forever
gone. Live in the now and rejoice in it.
19th. Thou shalt firmly dismiss feelings of frustration,
for 90% of it is
rooted in self-pity and will interfere with positive
20th. Thou shalt count thy blessings, never overlooking
the smallest, for
our biggest blessings are composed of many small ones.