As the Christmas Holiday approaches, the giant 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. This year will be different.
This year let’s give the gift of genuine concern for other Canadians. There is no longer the excuse that, at gift giving time, nothing can be found that is produced by Canadian hands.
It’s time to think outside the box. Who says a gift needs to fit in a box, wrapped in non-Canadian produced wrapping paper?
Everyone, yes everyone, gets their hair cut. How about a gift certificate from your local 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 locally owned detail shops and car washes would love to sell you a gift certificate or a book of gift certificates.
Perhaps that grateful gift receiver would like his driveway sealed, or lawn mowed for the summer, or driveway ploughed all winter, or games at the local golf course. There are a number of owner-run restaurants—all offering gift certificates. And, if your intended isn’t the fancy eatery sort, what about a half dozen breakfasts or lunches?
Remember folks, this is about supporting Princeton’s local businesses.
How many people couldn’t use an oil change for their vehicle, done at a shop run by the local working guy? Thinking about a heartfelt gift for mom? Mom would love the services of a local cleaning lady for a day, a week, month or even all year.
OK, you were looking for something more personal. Local crafts people have a huge variety of gifts, they make clothing, jewellery, pottery and beautiful wooden boxes. The local artists have a large selection of excellent art for sale at the Gallery.
And, how about going out to see a play by Princeton Performing Arts, or buy tickets for the upcoming Arts Council events. Musicians need love too, so find a venue showcasing our great local bands.
You see, Christmas is now about caring about us, encouraging local small businesses to keep plugging away to follow their dreams. When we care about Princeton, we care about other Canadians, and the benefits come back to us in ways we couldn’t imagine. This is the new Canadian Christmas tradition.
During Christmas Light-up on November 30, Home Based Businesses will be featured in the Legion Hall. This will give you an opportunity to see what some of our home based businesses have to offer.
Have a merry and blessed Christmas supporting Princeton and made in Canada—work by Canadians.