American Christmas
Skip Stein

Making America Great Again

From the Steins and Peeks we wish you all a very




Christmas 2011 - 2016 - Continuing a New Tradition

~ Karen Roach - Houston Texas ~

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 made at the expense of American labor.


Let US make this year different. This year Americans can 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? You don't really have to shop at the 'Big Box' stores owned by multi-national global corporations.  Think about your local retailers, your neighbors who work and earn a living in the local/regional area.  Much of the stuff you buy at these stores is cheap, will only last a short while and be in next year's garage sale.


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 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 a local hard working mechanic? Thinking about a heartfelt gift for mom? Mom would LOVE the services of a local cleaning lady for a day, week or month! Maybe a friend or relative's computer could use a tune-up. I know you can find some young people who are struggling to get their 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.  There hundreds of local arts and craft shops all over.  Paintings of the local area, how about a family portrait give certificate for a local photographer?


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 holiday 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 mail deliverer, trash guy or baby sitter a nice BIG tip.


You see, Christmas is no longer about draining American pockets so that multi-national corporations provide million dollar bonuses to their executives or 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?