Buy Local This Holiday Season
So years ago, my family and I decided ‘No more endless shopping’ for the holidays. We felt like we lost the holiday spirit, not to mention our future savings at the local mall…but more than anything…we had lost the true meaning of Christmas. Yes, we still have fun when it comes to the kids, but as adults, we sponsor a family at our church and just get together over our favorite meal and celebrate as a family without gifts.
Now, convincing all of your friends to do the same is not always as easy!! : ) So this year I made a true commitment of when and where I can, I will be doing my holiday shopping at small local stores and boutiques here in Meridian. I’ve made a true commitment to it and I hope you’ll join me in doing the same. There are so many benefits to you and to our community.
- Your dollars keep the community full of thriving businesses and local shopping centers full and festive in the holiday spirit and it keeps our communities prosperous and sustainable.
- You’re keeping Meridian’s small businesses thriving ! Nearly 80 percent of the jobs created in the community are by small businesses. While you buy their goods, they’ll do they’re printing at the local printing shop, buy gas on the way to work and in return eat at the local restaurants.
- You are reinforcing the value of becoming a business owner. Entrepreneurship is really hard, especially in these times, so show your support!
Just remember though, sometimes you may spend a little teenie bit more than said big box stores, but you’re building our local economy and generating great karma! Our Meridian small businesses are the ones who support your church, volunteer for many community organizations or functions, and donate to charitable causes that help many people. These are local people working in the area, working in their shops, their farms and it sure helps stimulate our economy!
Now back to my first thought, in the true spirit of the holidays, be sure to remember those less fortunate in our communities. My father always told us while growing up that most families are one paycheck away from being without a home. Especially at this time of year and in these economic times, we should be thinking of things we can do to help. The best gifts come from the heart so consider giving a gift of yourself or your time.
I hope you’ll join me in supporting small business and shopping local.
Happy local shopping and Merry Christmas!