I usually post health tips for body and mind. But we can also think about health at the level of our communities and local economies: their wellness adds ease to each of our lives. I don’t know the origin of the piece below (which I’ve edited a bit), but its point about nurturing community health during the holiday shopping season is worth our consideration.
What contribution will you make to healing your local economy as you do your holiday shopping? Leave a comment and tell us all about it…and thank you in advance for your compassion and caring!
(Don’t forget that I offer gift certificates – perfect for anyone who STILL hasn’t found an answer to their chronic medical issue and needs a fresh approach!)
Birth of a New Tradition
As the holidays approach, giant foreign factories are kicking into high gear to provide Americans with monstrous piles of cheaply produced goods. This year will be different. This year Americans will give the gift of genuine concern for other Americans.
It’s time to think outside the (gift) box.
Everyone — yes EVERYONE – gets their hair cut. How about giving gift certificates from your local hair salon or barber?
Gym membership? It’s appropriate for all ages who are thinking about health improvement.
Who wouldn’t appreciate getting their car detailed? Small detail shops and car washes would love to provide you a gift certificate or a book of gift certificates.
Are you a more extravagant giver? Perhaps that grateful gift receiver would like her 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. If your intended isn’t the fancy eatery sort, what about a half dozen breakfasts at the local breakfast joint? Remember, this isn’t about big national chains — this is about helping local businesses 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 theatre?
You see, Christmas is now about encouraging American small businesses to keep plugging away to follow their dreams. When we care about our communities, the benefits come back to us in ways we couldn’t imagine. THIS is the new American Christmas tradition.
This is a revolution of caring about each other, and isn’t that what Christmas is about?