Ah, Thanksgiving behind us, and Black Friday ahead. In the United States today people will be flocking to stores to begin their Christmas shopping. Why anyone would actually leave their house and head to the mall on the one day when the stores are guarenteed to be over-crowded is beyond me. My high school best friend and I used to do so of our own free will. Gag.
For those who haven’t heard of it, Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving when all Christmas shopping hell breaks loose in retail land. So folks interested in toning down the consumer-obsessed aspects of our society have chosen it as “Buy Nothing Day.” (In America “celebrated” on November 25th, internationally on November 26th.) Participation is easy. All you have to do is buy absolutely nothing for one day. And if you find yourself getting carried away on the tide of holiday cheer, you can even buy nothing the next day as well.
The adbusters website had this to say about “Buy Nothing Day” and “Buy Nothing Christmas”:
“This year, why not gather together your loved ones and decide to do things differently? With the simplest of plans you can create a new rhythm, purpose and meaning for the holidays. Why not take the spirit of Buy Nothing Day and morph it into Buy Nothing Christmas?
“With catastrophic climate change looming, we the rich one billion people on the planet have to consume less! And if that’s too extreme for grandma and the kids, try for a Buy Less Christmas. And maybe a buy local, buy fairer, buy indie Christmas. Whatever you decide, ’tis the season to reclaim our year-end celebrations and make them our own again.”
Hell’s yeah, amen, and here here. I’ll be wandering around Tilburg, Holland today eating Thanksgiving leftovers. And I don’t plan on buying a thing.
What do you think about buy nothing day? Are you going to participate?