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A ‘tiny Christmas’ for cash-strapped
families sparks creativity, togetherness

Yahoo! News, by Tim Skillern

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Posted By:NorthernDog, 12/13/2012 6:20:28 PM

In Johnson City, Tenn., a town tucked into the state´s far northeast corner, Christmas lights and decorations brighten the streets and shops, and shoppers mill about, brimming with gifts for family and friends. Timothy St. John and his son, 3-year-old Anthony, can just watch. (Snip) The solution? Father and son make toys—Anthony´s favorite superheroes—together from scratch. "We make them from paper, from sticks, from whatever we have, and we fashion his favorite characters," he says. "They don´t speak or light up, but for a little boy, they still feel like presents." It´s Christmastime in a

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How sweet! People have to make Christmas gifts from sticks and scraps of paper again this year.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: fritzilou, 12/13/2012 6:34:31 PM     (No. 9064209)

We stopped in Johnson City on our way to my son´s house in Nashville. It was one sad deteriorating American City. We´ve seen many of them in our travels. The town of JC has some wonderful old buildings that could be restored to make a vibrant historial old town, but it is obvious that there isn´t much there to make a go of it. The city needs jobs, jobs jobs. Obama dithers while American falls apart. It just makes me so sad.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Pros7767, 12/13/2012 6:35:08 PM     (No. 9064210)

While Obama takes a 4 million dollar vacation on our dime. I vote my tax dollars go to the families that need it. Not him.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: pickle1, 12/13/2012 6:41:51 PM     (No. 9064222)

Obama is not important; the people are. Quit believing that he is.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: zzzghy, 12/13/2012 7:14:11 PM     (No. 9064278)

See? The libtards were right all along -- poverty and lack are GOOD!

Not for them, of course, but they´re different and better than the rest of us...

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Pearson365, 12/13/2012 7:17:40 PM     (No. 9064288)

Actual cost of Obama´s 3 week vacation is $35 to $45 million when you add in costs of 24/7 Secret Service, travel/rooms/meals, the AF transports that fly limos and Suburbans in/out, the communication teams, WH staffers, including cooks, valets, technicians. The $4 million figure is as bogus as Obama, but permits ABC/AP/NPR to avoid discussing actual costs.

One wishes Obama would follow his own rule of "we´re not going back", resign and remain in Hawaii, the 57th state. Crazy Joe Biden would be an improvement since we wouldn´t have to pretend that the president wasn´t mad.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Peach1, 12/13/2012 7:50:27 PM     (No. 9064325)

The ONLY way we get our country back is to strip Washington of its power - our tax dollars.

Until a very large number of Americans stop paying taxes at the same time through civil disobedience, we are doomed.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: mominNoCA, 12/13/2012 8:14:09 PM     (No. 9064345)

If I didn´t know better, I´d swear this was a story from the Great Depression. But we all know that´s silly, don´t we? It´s just a story from the new-new economy, the Perpetual Summer of Recovery part II.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: uno, 12/13/2012 9:15:14 PM     (No. 9064417)

We´re about to enter another Great Depression only this time we´ll have all the misery along with crippling taxes!

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Reply 9 - Posted by: smcchk, 12/13/2012 9:30:33 PM     (No. 9064430)

Folks get to make their own toys while Obama&Co go to Hawaii. Isn´t America great! Unbelievable.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: realrep, 12/13/2012 9:36:10 PM     (No. 9064440)

For me, it has always been a cash-strapped Christmas. So what. It´s normal for me now. I´ve learned to be frugal and practical. I used to make presents. Now that I am un-married and work retail, I watch for the clearance stuff and use my discount.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 12/14/2012 12:34:53 AM     (No. 9064592)

This Christmas parents will struggle to pay their electric bills and keep a roof over their head, never mind a record number of homeless children, while Zippy and the troupe live high on the hog on our dime.

Could we have a list of the tag alongs this year ? NE have any photos of something we really want to know ?

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Malia2012, 12/14/2012 7:24:10 AM     (No. 9064813)

Frankly, other than here and Drudge there is a blackout on the 4+ million dollar vacation the obama´s are taking with their homies this year. While the "press" waxes eloquently about how we "cash-strapped" families scrape by, and how heartwarming it is that we. the little people, you know, the ones who are PAYING for obama´s "excellent adventures" WE "spark creativity and togetherness", and the "msm" gives the proverbial "pat on the head" to hard-working Americans, while they are packing for their own trips to Hawaii to tag along with their dear Leader..What a Country!

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