November 13, 2011,
Christmas 2011 -- the Birth of a New Tradition?
As the holidays approach, giant foreign factories are kicking into high gear to provide Canadians with monstrous piles of cheaply produced goods....merchandise that has been produced at the expense of Canadian labour.
Let this year be different!
This year can be the year to give the gift of genuine concern for your neighbours.
It is no longer an excuse that there is nothing that can be found that is produced by Canadian hands at Christmas time because the answer is....yes, there are plenty of ideas!
It's time to think outside the Christmas box, people. Who says a gift needs to fit in a shirt box, wrapped in foreign produced wrapping paper?
Everyone -- yes EVERYONE can have something supplied locally for Christmas!
#1 - everyone needs a hair cut some time? How about giving a wag jag gift certificate from your local hair salon or barber?
#2 - some may like a gym membership? Isn't it appropriate to give a wag jag coupon for those who are thinking about weight loss?
#3 - car detailed? Who wouldn't appreciate getting a wag jag coupon from small, Canadian-owned detail shops and car washes.
Are you one of those extravagant givers who think nothing of plunking down all those loonies on a foreign made flat-screen? Perhaps that grateful gift receiver would prefer a wag jag coupon to get his....
#4 - driveway sealed, or
#5 - lawn mowed for the summer, or
#6 - driveway plowed all winter, or
#7 - some games at the local golf course.
#8 - restaurants -- There are hundreds of local restaurants offering wag jag gift certificates for every taste. Now we can plan our holiday outings at local, owner-operated restaurants and leave our server a nice tip.
#9 - local breakfast joint - what about a half dozen breakfast wag jag coupons
Remember folks, this isn't about big National chains -- this is about supporting your neighbour so they will keep their doors open. If you don't care, who will?
#10 - an oil change for their car, truck or motorcycle - How many people couldn't use a wag jag coupon for a shop run by the typical Canadian working guy who lives in your neighbourhood?
#11 - a local cleaning lady for a day - thinking about a heartfelt gift for mom? Mom would LOVE a wag jag coupon! She may even put her feet up...like you do!
#12 - a computer repair - who's computer could use a wag jag coupon for a tune-up?
OK, you were looking for something more personal. what about a wag jag coupon from local crafts people who..
#13 - spin their own wool and knit them into scarves?
#14 - make jewelry?
#15 - make pottery?
#16 - or make beautiful wooden boxes?
Who wouldn't appreciate an evening...
#17 - at their hometown theatre - what about a wag jag coupon to see a play or ballet?
#18 - listening to a local band - Musicians need love too, so what about a wag jag for an evenings entertainment?
Honestly, people, do you REALLY need to buy another ten thousand foreign lights for your home? When you buy a five dollar string of lights, only 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 Canadian pockets so that others can build another glittering city somewhere around the world. Christmas can be about caring; encouraging Canadian small businesses to keep plugging away and follow our dreams. And, when we care about other Canadians, we care about our communities, and the benefits come back to us in ways we couldn't imagine.
Giving a wag jag or two can be the new Canadian Christmas tradition...and you won't have to stand in line at the mall, either!
Forward this to everyone on your mailing list -- post it to discussion groups -- throw up a post on twitter -- send it to the editor of your local paper and radio stations, and TV news departments. This can be a revolution of caring about each other.....and isn't that what Christmas is all about?
It has just been reported that Ontario has lost 300,000 good-paying manufacturing jobs since 2002 and if, by their dumping, they succeed in killing off what little is left of our manufacturing, just watch prices rise!
BUY CANADIAN - BE CANADIAN - The job you save might be your own!!