Christmas 2011 — Birth of a New Tradition
As the holidays approach, giant overseas factories are kicking into high gear to provide Australians with monstrous piles of cheaply produced goods — merchandise that has been produced at the expense of Australian labour.
This year will be different!
This year Australians can give the gift of genuine concern for other Aussies. There is no longer an excuse that, at gift giving time, nothing can be found that is produced by Aussie 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 cheap overseas produced wrapping paper?
Everyone — yes EVERYONE gets their hair cut. How about gift certificates from their local Aussie 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, Aussie 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 your money on a cheap flat-screen? Perhaps that grateful gift receiver would like his driveway sealed, or lawn mowed for the summer, or his trees trimmed, 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 lunches in January at the local sandwich shop. Remember, folks this isn’t about big National chains — this is about supporting your home town Australians 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 Aussie working guy?
Thinking about a heartfelt gift for mum? Mum would LOVE the services of a local cleaning lady for a day. Maybe a remedial massage or a facial would be more your mum’s thing.
Maybe your computer could use a tune-up, and I KNOW you can find some young guy who is struggling to get his computer 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 jewellery, and pottery and beautiful wooden boxes.
Plan your holiday outings at local, owner operated restaurants. And, how about going out to see a play or ballet at a local theatre.
Musicians need love too, so find a venue showcasing local bands.
Small wineries, owned by Australian families, could use a sale or two!
Honestly, people, do you REALLY need to buy another ten thousand cheap christmas 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, delivery man, your courier driver or the dog or house sitter a nice BIG tip.
You see, Christmas is no longer about draining Australian pockets so that China can build another glittering city.
Christmas is now about caring about us, encouraging Australian small businesses to keep plugging away to follow their dreams. And, when we care about other Aussies, we care about our communities, and the benefits come back to us in ways we couldn’t imagine.
THIS is the new Australian Christmas tradition.
Forward this to everyone on your mailing list — post it to discussion groups — Call it into a talk back radio show — send it to the editor of your local paper and TV news departments. This is a revolution of caring about each other, and isn’t that part of what Christmas is about?
I received this just today by email – I don’t claim authorship nor copyright to it, and the original source is unknown. But it certainly is doing the rounds of various discussion groups, websites and emails.
And I feel it is worth doing something about by publishing it here!