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Supporting Local Stores at Christmas

This is a poem I wrote that I hope all will keep in mind this holiday season and every day of the year.

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If we don't support the store next door
They soon won't be here anymore

The Mom and Pops are all but spent
Their revenues can't pay the rent

On any given street in town
Their numbers are now falling down

When people think of spending cash
We always seem to make a dash

To Wally Marts or Mega Malls
The dollar bills could fill the walls

Of local folks who so depend
On all the money that we spend

So while shopping you may find
It's best to spend with them in mind

And keep the local wolves at bay
November 29th on Saturday

I live in Salem, OR and if anyone who sees this can get to the Holiday Market Dec 13-14 you will find soaps, pickled veggies, caps, jewelry, food and ornaments not seen in any big box store. And for those who don't live close to us, find the church and grange and local bazaars to spend your money at. These people need you to keep going.

November 29th is National Shop Local Day. Remember they (we) are your neighbors.

Source: I wrote this today.

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I have read and heard things while giving this much thought. I believe Christmas has been taken way out of what it is suppose to be about. We can make a difference, start new traditions, save money and maybe help out local businesses while buying gifts.

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