Liz Cunningham
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Merry Christmas!

Updated Friday, December 7, 2012  ::  Views (435)

"Merry Christmas!"    yes that is the season...and the reason for the season...the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ.  When my children were young and in elementary school there was a Christmas Tree with gifts of canned and boxed food for the needy brought by the children.  We had wonderful Christmas concerts and pagents where our children learned a small part in a play, got dressed in costumes and had rehearsals.  Parents attended the concerts with much pride and anticipation of the 5 or 6 words their child would recite up on the big stage and discussion of the "part" of the Christmas pagent thier child would get "to do" this year.  I remember my eldest son standing on the very end of the lineup, hugging the wall closely for comfort on the "big stage" and singing "Away in a Manger" of those priceless moments in my life. My daughter was part of the manger scene one year. It gave them confidence and a sense of the season and a chance to stretch themselves - to be brave on a big stage in front of all the parents. That tradition has gone on for many many years since we were children ourselves.

Imagine the Christmas when my third child attended elementary school when I was informed that the green tree in the lobby was not a Christmas tree but in fact a "Festive Bush".  I was gobsmacked to say the Christmas concert that year no Christmas play and no carol singing.

Many things have changed in our culture here in Brampton since I first came here in 1979, some good, some difficult to adjust to.   In Wasaga Beach more and more stores were saying "Happy Holidays" and  "Season's Greetings"  not "Merry Christmas"   .....  guess what is Christmas folks.  We get time off, stores have big sales, retailers make money, people buy and get gifts, we eat lots and drink some, we spend time with family and friends and laugh a lot and some go to church to celebrate a birth but not because it is a "Holiday" or a "Season" but because it is Christmas.

An interesting thing happened yesterday when driving through Brampton...the buses said "Merry Christmas" on the front of them.  In the Santa Claus parade the Mayor's car said "Merry Christmas" on the front of it.

I don't have a final comment on the state of things this Christmas but I would like to put it out there....

There is a new video on YouTube that is worth listening to and my sister in law sent out an email she received the other day that is also worth reading.  Take a moment, have a look at both of them and if you feel like it let me know your thoughts on this subject.  They are a little off my topic but interesting just the same...

Link for YouTube song:  

Sister in law's email:



Christmas 2012 -- Birth of a New Tradition As the holidays approach, giant factories are kicking into high gear to provide Canadians with piles of cheaply produced imported goods -- merchandise that has been produced at the expense of Canadian labour.
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 that 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?
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 $$$$ on a Chinese made flat-screen? 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 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 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, 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.

These are but a few ideas. There are a bazillion more if you just stop and think about it.

You see, Christmas is no longer about draining Canadian pockets. 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.




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