Monday, November 7, 2011


Someone had to bring it to your attention, and well... I'm that someone.  Yes, there are only 47 days till Christmas!  Darn, that's not very long to do what I have on my list!  How is your list coming along?  Do you make things for gift?  Do you do it at the last minute or are you already finished?  I'm a last minute kind of girl!  My mother always told me if I didn't have a deadline, I wouldn't get anything done.  Most of the time she was right!... And sometimes I got it done and ... well sometimes not (by the deadline anyway). 

I received an e-mail from a fellow quilt retailer in my hometown of Nevada, MO and I think it is a great idea.
She says that "Christmas 2011 -- Birth of a New Tradition" is here. 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?

Don't forget all of the SERVICES that people offer around town. Her sister did give her a gift certificate for her b-day one year and she loved it! A gift certificate to a friend for a quilting service would be awesome! Or a gift certificate for the labor in setting together a t-shirt quilt top or does a friend have pile of embroidered blocks that they need set together? Do you know someone that hates to do binding? You could give them a certificate from The Quilting Queen and I could do the binding for them! I also offer all quilting and piecing services.  If you forget your local small businesses, they may have to close up and move to China! I challenge you to think outside the box now and throughout the year when you need to "purchase a gift."

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, 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.

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