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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Bring Back Local!!! What The Holidays Should Be About

We got this from a guest of ours at Aroma Thyme...wanted to share!  I believe these to be great suggestions!

Please join in spreading the word!
Holiday 2012 -- Birth of a New Tradition

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?
Everyone -- yes EVERYONE gets their hair cut.
How about a gift certificate from your local restaurant 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, American 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 the Benjamines on a Chinese made flat-screen? Perhaps that grateful gift  receiver would like his 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. (We are one of them!)
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 big National chains -- this is about supporting your home town Americans 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.
(Come to our Holiday Marketplace on Friday)

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

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, the Holidays are  no longer about draining American pockets so that China can build another glittering city. Holiday Time should  now now be about caring for 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 tradition for the holidays.

Please share this with others.

This is a revolution of caring about each other and isn't that what the holidays are about?

to Aroma Thyme
Make the perfect gift for anyone
And we have the BEST gift card deal around of any restaurant.

- Get a free dessert
when you buy $25 worth of gift cards
- Get a FREE $10 gift card
when you buy $50 worth of gift cards
- Get a FREE $25 gift card
when you buy $100 worth of gift cards

You can mix and match them too.
Buy two $50's or four $25 or one $75 with one $25.
You get the picture.
We make this super easy for you.
You can call us (845) 647-3000 and
we will send them to you right away.
You can also buy them on our website at

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