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‘Twas the Night Before Christmas
December 2012

This month, consider my message a well-timed reminder with thanks –or perhaps an apology—to Clement Moore, author of 'Twas the Night Before Christmas.

Twas the night before Christmas when all through the house,
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.

The gifts had been purchased with great care and flare,
A commitment to Thinking Local has dominated the air.

All the presents were purchased in neighborhood stores, shops and malls,
No need for the internet or those fancy long-distance calls.

The customer service was simply the best,
As my search for the perfect gifts put local vendor after local vendor to the ultimate test.

My standards were set high as I am quite a connoisseur,
Yet each bar was met with the help of a local entrepreneur.

My shopping list included co-workers, family and friends,
Yet what I discovered is that the availability of local venues never ends.

First Lancaster, then Lititz, the Kitchen Kettle too,
Next Ephrata, then Elizabethtown and the Strasburg Railroad Choo….choo.

To the outlets, the country stores, the gift shops and more,
The restaurants, the art galleries and the unique venues galore.

My shopping is over, my miles traveled were few,
My bounty overflows and we wish the same for you.

Think Local this season and we all win,
Your money stay here and we make our whole community grin.

On behalf of the Board and the staff at your Think Local hub,
We thank you for your ongoing support of YOUR Chamber club.

We wish you the best during this entire holiday scene
And look forward to working with you toward a prosperous 2013.

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