SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL MERCHANTS
Hi Fellow Seniors: According to recent surveys, much of the Christmas shopping this year is being done ON-LINE from retailers like Amazon and the Shopping Chanel. Advertising has done its job with commercials, decorations and hi tech items that you can easily order and you don’t have the problems of pushing and shoving your way to the cash registers. However, Christmas is about caring about our own small retailers who keep plugging away all year long and hope that Christmas sales will make their yearend ‘happy and bright’.
I am once again urging Canadians to BY CANADIAN especially the local stores who need your support more now than ever. It’s our obligation to support our friends and neighbours who are in business because in the end it helps all of us. A friend of mine sent some suggestions for Christmas gifts that I would like to pass on to my readers. • A membership at a local gym • Gift Certificates at a local restaurant or spa.
• An oil change for a car, truck or motorcycle at a locally owned garage
• A new set of windshield wipers.
• Consider a tune-up or repair by a local business
• Support your local theatre by buying tickets
• Local craft stores are bursting with items by local artisans such as jewellery, pottery, paintings and wooden boxes and on and on.
• Handmade items like scarves, hats and mitts and hand sewn dresses.
• Support local musicians by attending their events.
• Gift Certificates for a perm or hair cut from your local salon
• A cleaning lady for that hard pressed Mom on your list
• Homemade cookies or Christmas cake for gift giving.
If you have anything left over after finishing your shopping, there’s always those ‘special people’ who need to be remembered with a small gift such as that neighbour who helps you with snow removal or drives you to the grocery store or the lady who bakes you cookies and delivers them to your door throughout the year.
There is also those friends and family that may be in nursing homes and would like a chance to celebrate Christmas. A visit or a little gift will make their life much brighter and happier. Then there are people in nursing homes who don’t have anyone in their life and would love to have a visit from you.
During this time of year when ‘family’ becomes very important and emotional scars can leave you unhappy – try to do something nice for someone else and perhaps in this way some healing may take place. Life is a matter of choices and you can choose how you feel and what you do.
Bye for now and please remember that your gift does not have to be BIG – just THOUGHTFUL.
Dorothy Wilson is a freelance writer specializing in senior’s issues. Comments are welcome by e-mailing [email protected] or writing c/o St.Thomas TimesJournal, 16 Hincks Street, St.Thomas, On.