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Christmas 2011

Original post made by Dave, Birdland, on Nov 3, 2011

Here is something constructive each and everyone of us could do that benefits all of us. Hopefully this triggers some positive actions on the part of us all.

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 should 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 or yoga club 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 Benjamins 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. Or even a local masseuse!

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. Many are available, reasonabley, at your nearest State Park.

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 foreign-made 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 delivery person, and babysitter a nice BIG tip.

You see, Christmas is no longer about draining American pockets and seeing our hard-earned wages go outside the country. 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. Remember a local charity!

THIS is the new American Christmas tradition. Enjoy family get-togethers, church services, caroling, as in past Christmases ....but put more emphasis on the REASON FOR THE SEASON .....and less on material gifts.

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.

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Nov 3, 2011 at 7:42 pm

Don't spend your money on gifts during the holiday season.

Tell your family & friends that you love them.

dave must be hypomanic again...slow down if you well, take your meds...

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Posted by A Neighbor
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 3, 2011 at 7:46 pm

Dave, this is excellent! Post it again before Thanksgiving and again in mid-December.

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Posted by Pat
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 3, 2011 at 9:46 pm

Asians need jobs too. Americans are for the most part spoiled. Maybe if these people had done their homework instead of goofing off they would have better jobs.

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Posted by dog gone
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 5, 2011 at 10:58 am

Interesting point but two thoughts come to mind:

1: Restaurants, haircut salons, etc are mostly run by foreign workers. So you're suggesting supporting immigration rather than foreign imports. Not a bad idea, but you gotta hear number 2

2: I was in conversation with a person who worked in Oakland. I don't know how the conversation came up, but he told me he was a Longshoreman at the Port, worked 3 hours - 4 days a week and got paid for 11 hours a day - 5.5 days a week with overtime included. He told me to stop buying at WalMart. I mentioned that his glorious job depended on China imports. He shook his head and "Hum, never thought of that." Incidentally, he told me he owned at least 5 Big Screen TV's. Most importantly he was 2nd generation Filipino whose family came to America for the opportunity and is doing very well. He was a good guy, and I liked him, so there was no reason to continue showing the inconsistency of his statements.

Now, I'm not sure everyone can see the contradictions in all these statements. But, Christmas is not the season of targeting resource allocation to or away from anyone. It's a season of peace. That's not a gift certificate, it's an emotional viewpoint.

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