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Friday, December 30, 2011

Aloha Friday - Has Santa Moved To China?

Aloha Fridays are brought to you by Kailani in beautiful Hawaii at An Island Life where Friday is the day to take it easy while anticipating the coming weekend. Today I'm going to link up, take it easy and ask a question.

This Christmas, I couldn't help noticing how many of the items under our tree were "Made in China" regardless of how diligently I try to buy Canadian or USA made products. 
It's not that I have anything against China but when I see the desperate state of our economy, I wish we had more options to buy children's toys made here.  Christmas in just North America alone must keep China working flat out 12 months of the year.

So this week's question is:  "What percentage of the items under your tree this year were made in either the USA or Canada??  How about the percentage "Made in China"???
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Deb said...

Since the news that a lot of the products coming out of China have been toxic I have tried my best to avoid purchasing from China. I must say it has been time consuming because as you have said so many things come from there, things you wouldn't expect. Like yourself I really do make an effort to purchase USA/Canada. Like Playmobil, Lego, TAG..sadly a lot of Fisher Price, Dora, Elmo and Barbie stuff is made in China. I was shocked when I went to buy a pair of 2010 Red Olympic mittens last year for the Vancouver Olympics and they were made in China, ask me if I was upset?? With our economy tanking this is totally wrong in my opinion. I say we all and I mean all have to take this seriously to save our jobs here and for the health of our children, these toys from China are toxic and the only way it will change is to not buy them, get the toymakers where it hurts!!

MMAR said...

I am really bad about not looking!! I SHOULD definitely pay more attention to where the toys are made!!

Debbie said...

Also guilty of not paying attention. I should resolve to make more of an effort in 2012 to notice.

jennielee226 said...

I have no idea. I really need to start paying more attention. They ended up getting a lot of electronics so i am sure a good amount of them were made in China.

I am Harriet said...

I have no clue. Oh well.

Have a happy new year!

Colette S said...

I agree with you. I can't help but wish everytime that more things were made here in North America or Canada.

I don't know how much of the things under our tree was made there, but I'd bet it was more than was made in the USA.

Stacy Uncorked said...

I had to chuckle when I saw your title - so true, isn't it? I'm not sure how many of the kidlet's toys were from China, but I did try to keep it to the bare minimum since I'm all about USA and Canada for quality. :)

Have a Happy New Year! :)

Toasting the New Year...or Making Toast

Kailani said...

I have absolutely no idea. However, I try to buy American made whenever possible.

An Island Life

Anonymous said...

We make a point of buying only USA made. I admit it's hard. Sad.

Upstatemamma said...

Hmmmm.... I have no idea. My kids all got a few things that were handmade - bought from the US off etsy. But they got a bunch of electronic items as well.

Forgetfulone said...

Good question. I have no idea! It's a shame we can't get the same products made in the USA or Canada for the same price. Makes me feel sorry for all those Chinese workers. Wish we would quit importing so much. Couldn't we live without some of that stuff? I bet we could.