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This may be a little long for trapshooters but the point is good!!

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 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 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.

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What a novel idea. You guys can just send me shotgun shells. Premium, none of those out of the country kind. Thanks in advance, and I will leave the light on.

Rick in MT

Premium Member
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Rick your so full of wit it has got to be painful =)

Many times I find myself with the inability to think outside the box.

Thank you OP,

Brady Gies

Molon Labe
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Good idea

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I have a number of times bought a whole beef slaughtered, cut, wrapped and frozen and split it up between my 4 kids, myself and parents. Get it from local grower, processed locally.
Then have everyone over for breakfast a week or so before Xmas and split it up.

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No mention of American made firearms?

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Our family was hit hard by the recession so we cut way back. Guess what? We found out we had a BETTER time by reducing the amount of presents and the dollar amount. Made the holiday season more enjoyable by not having to shop and no bills coming in the first of Jan.

A bottle of Kentucky made "Markers Mark" for the brother in law. US silver proof sets for the youngsters, gift cert. to get the car detailed, etc... The last couple of years I haven't purchased one dam gift made in China.
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