An Australian Christmas

Christmas 2016 — Birth of a New Tradition

As Christmas quickly approaches, the giant Asian factories are kicking into high gear to provide Australians with monstrous piles of cheaply produced goods and merchandise, produced at the expense of Australian labour.

Let’s be different this year and look after our own. Christmas 2016.

This year Australians will give the gift of genuine concern for other Australians.

There is no longer an excuse that, at gift-giving time, nothing can be found that is produced by Australian 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?

Everyone — yes EVERYONE gets their hair cut, so how about gift certificates from your local hair salon or barber?

Gym membership? It’s appropriate for all ages for people who are thinking about health improvement.

Who wouldn’t appreciate getting their car detailed? Small, Australian-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 dollars on a Chinese made flat-screen? Perhaps that grateful gift receiver would like his or her driveway sealed, or lawn mowed for the summer, or a few 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 breakfasts at the local breakfast joint. Remember folks, this isn’t about the 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 could use an oil change for their car, truck or motorcycle, done at a shop run by an Australian worker?

Thinking about a heartfelt gift for mum? Mum 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, maybe 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 leave your server a nice tip. And, how about going out to see a play or ballet at your hometown theatre.

Musicians need love too, so find a venue showcasing local bands.

Honestly folks, do you REALLY need to buy another ten thousand Chinese lights for the house? When you buy a five dollar string of lights, about fifty cents stays in the local community. If you do have those kinds of bucks to burn, leave the mailman, garbage man or babysitter 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 Aussies, encouraging Australian small businesses to keep plugging away, to follow their dreams. And when we care about other Australians, 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.

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