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Tis the Season

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Here we are in another season of shopping, but before we buy remember three important lessons: purchasing is power, let the buyer beware, and there is no greater gift than one’s time.  Yes, our gift giving has power, and when we give we can invest in our economy by shopping local or buying American goods online.  Furthermore, if you will be buying a gift for a child, safety is of the utmost importance.  Lastly, but most importantly: your time is the most precious gift you can give.

The best way for us to survive in this economy is to invest every dollar we spend on American products.  Purchasing is power and once again, ABC News comes to the rescue with their Made in America series.  This time their focus is on gift giving, and their list is quite comprehensive and includes links: Made in America: Gift Ideas.

Now for the kiddies in your life, I am sure a toy will go a long way, but you want to ensure its safety.  Thankfully, NYPIRG has a report just for you.  It’s their 26th annual report on toy safety called Trouble in Toyland which delves into various concerns such as toxins, choking hazards and noise levels and mentions specific products to avoid as well as where they are sold.

For those who are unable to purchase a gift this season, the greatest gift giving will be from you.  Please remember some of the most touching gifts are free, but are so special because they take time and effort.  You can write a heartfelt letter to a loved one, put together a picture video with a favorite song, set time aside to take over their responsibilities by baby sitting, assisting a caregiver, or cleaning and shopping for them.  It’s amazing what these gifts will mean to your loved ones; I know since I’ve given them, and I can state with absolute certainty not many gifts will bring a tear like helping those who are dear.

Here’s to a happy and healthy holiday season for you and yours…

“The greatest gift is a portion of thyself.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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