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Will You Shop Locally for Christmas This Year?

Georgians are part of a national movement to keep holiday cash at home.

“Look, Charlie, let's face it. We all know that Christmas is a big commercial racket. It's run by a big eastern syndicate, you know.” – Lucy van Pelt to Charlie Brown in “A Charlie Brown Christmas

Americans have worried about losing the true meaning of Christmas since at least 1965, when Charlie Brown lamented the holiday’s commercialization in a Peanuts special.

This year, there’s a movement afoot to bring Christmas closer to home. An apparently anonymous essay circulating on the Web has . It calls for buying local services as gifts instead of products manufactured in foreign countries:

You see, Christmas is no longer about draining American pockets so that China can build another glittering city. Christmas is now about caring about US, encouraging American small businesses to keep plugging away to follow their dreams. And, when we care about other Americans, we care about our communities, and the benefits come back to us in ways we couldn’t imagine.

A Seattle-based group, TAP America, is . And people across Georgia are focusing on the meaning of supporting small and local businesses.

In Athens, residents are . In Virginia-Highland, . Woodstock-Towne Lake Patch has run a series of articles focusing on local shopping options to support Small Business Saturday, and Northeast Cobb is another community with .

We want to know how people in Patch communities throughout northern Georgia are thinking about their holiday shopping this year.

What are your Christmas shopping plans?

Should Christmas shoppers consider where the gifts they purchase come from and where their money goes?

Is there a “buy local” or similar movement in your community? Should there be one?

Tell us in the comments.

T Maurer November 28, 2011 at 02:17 PM
Home-made gifts (and food!) are my favorite. For other gifts, I prefer to shop in locally-owned stores, but I don't always know what's out there, and I'm not one of those people who enjoys rambling around all weekend looking for stores. I would love to find a list of local stores in Marietta. Does anyone know where I could find some kind of directory?
Steve Burns November 28, 2011 at 02:21 PM
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Nonie Ravenberg November 28, 2011 at 03:06 PM
I agree. If asked, I discourage anyone from buying gifts for me, suggesting a charitable donation instead. I just don't need anything. I have heard though, that proactively asking people not to give gifts is poor manners. Anyone else know anything about that? I could look it up in my never-opened Emily Post, I guess. Also, I stop giving gifts to anyone who doesn't bother with the courtesy of a thank you note. I'm giving them a gift because I think they'll like it, not because I think it is so fun to wrack my brain for something to give them. If they don't consider it worth 30 seconds of their time to write me a thank you note, then it certainly isn't worth my time and money to continue to send gifts that aren't appreciated.
J in EAV November 29, 2011 at 05:24 PM
I don't buy gifts for friends. We go out to a casual dinner and enjoy the quality time together. The check is split or everyone pays for their own and we walk away feeling good about it. No need to shop locally or online, no standing in lines, no returns, and no worries about who spent more on the other. Happy Holidays.
Anita December 05, 2011 at 01:12 AM
We exchange gifts with a lot of family members. I enjoy giving these gifts, but I have to be realistic about the time req'd to shop for and wrap the packages. I ask my family for wish lists...I get what is on the list whenever I can. With the exception of quality considerations, I don't have time to worry about where it was made. I do enjoy giving handcrafted items, and those are usually made locally or regionally.

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