As I frantically work at taking images of pottery to sell on my TallPinesPottery.etsy store, and listen to the tv ads promoting shopping locally I can't help but wonder at the reasoning behind those who fought their way into the big box stores for deals this week. WOW.
I enjoy buying from Wisconsin Companies, big and small. We don't really do alot of Christmas since we have certain special places we would rather "gift" to. One of these is Mission Bible Training Ctr of Gaastra Michigan. It is a faith-based rehab center for drug and alcohol dependent people. It is a tough place to be at, and the 50 or so residents are fed on contributions by faithful givers. Spending Christmas day there once was such an honor and really an emotional day. Many of the folks there never had Christmas gifts. We have learned how to share what we have with those who don't have. And how to grocery shop for 50 or more people!
As any of you who are reading this, consider finding a homeless shelter or half-way house in your town and ask what their needs are. Instead of shopping for a tv for yourself, take that shelter some fresh veggies. Remember, God still has angels on this earth, and how could you face God in heaven if you turned your back on a homeless person here. You never know who they really could be. God Bless you, everyone.
Please shop small businesses like me, like all the artists and crafters out there.