Buy Nothing Day is meant to replace the 'holiday' after Thanksgiving, "Black Friday"... altho I'm sure store owners wouldn't be happy about it. I don't mean to offend anyone who depends on it, but, things are changing slowly but surely. Somehow I think a lot of us will be doing this one way or another on our own anyway... ========================= Here are some ideas put forth by Adbusters to help change our "Holiday" traditions... CREDIT CARD CUTUP Volunteers stand in a shopping mall with a pair of scissors and a sign offering a simple service: to put an end to extortionate interest rates and mounting debt with one considerate cut. Be careful though: in some first-world countries, carrying scissors in public can get you arrested as a “terrorist”. ZOMBIE WALK The cheerful dead (that's us, right?) wander around malls (or we could use the motorized carts!), marveling at the blank, comatose expressions on the faces of shoppers. The zombies are happy to be among their own kind, but slightly contemptuous of those who have not yet begun to rot. WHIRLMART This activity has the advantage of being most likely to piss off security personnel. You and nine of your closest friends silently drive your mobile shopping carts around in a long, inexplicable conga line without ever actually buying anything. And, here are the three degrees of "Buy Nothing Christmas" to aspire to, one by one – Novice: Rise Above It. Start with yourself. Forget the heaps of presents: eat, drink and cheerfully excuse yourself from the annual festival of avarice. Limit your giving to hugs and belly laughs. Then let everyone know that you mean business by giving (downloading or making your own) “Holiday Gift-Exemption Vouchers” – just one way of saying that you care enough to let your loved ones off the gift-giving hook. Intermediate: Keep it in the family. This year, why not gather together your friends, family and classmates to challenge them to do things differently? ...if a Buy Nothing Christmas is too extreme for grandma and the kids, maybe try a Buy Less Christmas. Or a $100 Christmas. Or a Regifting Christmas. Or a Green Christmas. Or a Slow-Down Christmas. Whatever you decide, ’tis the season to reclaim our celebration from the grip of commercial forces. Advanced: Take it to the streets. Spread both joy and sane holiday alternatives by taking Buy Nothing Christmas to your local malls and commercial districts. Gather together a group of meditating Santas – “Zenta Clauses” – to offer stressed-out shoppers free soup, coffee, a place to rest their feet and (most importantly) a few friendly tips for gearing down over the holidays. ============== This idea actually started in 1992. Coming from a family that always made a big deal out of all the Christmas traditions (altho at least inexpensive gifts were the rule), it seems almost heretical to me (altho I always did my shopping before Thanksgiving) ... but I've found that as I've done away with many 'things', it all has become more enjoyable/restful. I guess the only ones I'll still want to give one or 2 gifts to are little kids and the elderly who cannot get out!