21 November 2011


From Sean Linnane:

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 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.

Go read the whole thing.


Stephen said...

Well done. I'm all over it.

Duke said...

What an excellent idea.

threecollie said...

Fine idea that and everybody wins!

Cassie said...

ALL great ideas. We gave all our pastors gift cards this year. I "polled" each of them for what would be their faves and it was interesting. Our head pastor said ToyRUs...they have 4 little ones under 6years old. One said HomeDepot...his mother has just moved in with them and they're fixing up the basement for her. The other 2 both chose Olive Garden...Jason & his wife have a new baby and a date night would be a treat. ~ Scott & Shelly are empty nesters. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours Rev!!

Flier389 said...

I like that idea.

LUCKY said...

Last year the wife and I started a tradition. We have an empty box with a slit on the top. We then write down on a piece of paper what gift we are going to give Christ for Christmas. Then on Christmas we open the gift and share what we are going to give Christ. This upcoming Christmas we will do the same thing and also see if we have given Christ the gift we promised him from last year.

Old NFO said...

I'm in...

Cathy said...

Not bad! Not bad!