There is a “New Christmas Tradition” e-mail message making the rounds urging Canadians to buy local services rather spending a fortune on junky gifts made in sweatshops on the other side of the world. The poor writer of that e-mail was so hard-up to think of any product still made in this country he/she instead suggested that we should treat each other to Christmas coupon books for car washes, hair cuts or snow shovelling for the winter. Too bad he/she didn’t think of giving Canadian books for a holiday present. I sent the following message back to the person who sent me the original message. Hopefully it will trace back to the original writer and Canadian books will find their way under the Christmas tree next to the snow shoveling and hair cuts vouchers.