SUP­PORT YOUR LO­CAL MER­CHANTS

St. Thomas Times-Journal - - SPORTS -

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.

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