Call me a cheeseball - I don’t care! I’m SO excited to go see Breaking Dawn tonight!!!!!!
As the holidays approach, the giant Asian 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 labor. This year will be different. This year Canadians will give the gift of genuine concern for other Canadians. There is no longer an excuse that, at gift giving time, nothing can be found that is produced by Canadians 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 gift certificates from your local Canadian hair salon 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, Canadian 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. 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 Canadian 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 Canadian 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.
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 lights, 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 China can build another glittering city. Christmas is now about caring about us, encouraging Canadian small businesses to keep plugging away to follow their 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. THIS is the new Canadian Christmas tradition.
Forward this to everyone on your mailing list — post it to discussion groups — throw up a post on Craigslist in the Rants and Raves section in your city — send it to the editor of your local paper and radio stations, and TV news departments. This is a revolution of caring about each other, and isn’t that what Christmas is about?
BUY CANADIAN - BE CANADIAN - The job you save might be your own
So this week/end G set up all our new bedroom furniture. I LOVE how much nicer and finished it makes our house look! I will post pictures when I have the rooms back together and looking nice! Our bed is about a mile high to get on to! Wish me luck with the next 3 months!! B’s bed is also high [a loft bed] but at least he has built in stairs to get up and on to it!
With all this new stuff in the house and a need to get organized I feel like I’m already starting to nest. I honestly need about a week straight of work off to get everything that I want done, DONE. My next big project is cleaning out our storage room in our basement, gyprock the room, mud, sand, paint and re-set my office and nail room in there. Guh. Then after that’s done get started on the baby room. Painting and setting up furniture. Not to mention the task of getting the carpet put in the basement while G is in Vegas. Eek!! So much to do - so little time!!! I would honestly LOVE to get this all done before Christmas. A friend of mine has offered to help with everything and her Dad has his own carpentry business with all the tools we will need. I’m hoping I can pull off some master surprise for Geoff as a Christmas gift as we have decided not to buy anything for each other this year. I’m going to need my parents and his in on this too. I’m getting stressed thinking about this all, but have HIGH hopes I can pull it off! Wish me luck!
39 more work days and I’m done work for a YEAR!!!!
Is anyone else excited for me?!?! I’m to the point I’m ready to be done now, but this seems like such a short count down that it HAS to go by fast! Here’s to a fast countdown!!
Me, G & B
G, Me, my brother, Dad, B and Mom.
B and his cousin Claire.
My whole family on my Dad’s side.
My Grandparents celebrating 50 years of marriage <3
I could REALLY go for a blizzard or ice cream treat of some sort right about now!
OHHHHHH MYYYY GOODNESSSS!! Beyond excited!!!!!!!!!
WE KNOW THE BABY’S GENDER!!!
Today is my appointment with a new doctor I’m not overly fond of. She is over worked, stressed out, under paid and has the worst home life possible. I guess it’s only this appointment and next months appointment, so I shouldn’t really complain. But I am stubborn and hate the fact I’m going to be having 3 doctors through one pregnancy. C’mon!!