Buy Nothing Day is coming up, in case you forgot: the annual 24-hour moratorium on consumer spending, celebrated by people in over 65 countries, when more and more folks are saving money and avoiding the Christmas shopping crowds. Oh, and it’s the Day after Thanksgiving.
American Buy Nothing Day is Nov 27 this year, but overseas it is Nov 28.
Here’s how Adbusters recommends to take the plunge in buying nothing:
You know what they say: a journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step. You feel that things are falling apart – the temperature rising, the oceans churning, the global economy heaving – why not do something? Take just one small step toward a more just and sustainable future. Make a pact with yourself: go on a consumer fast. Lock up your credit cards, put away your cash and opt out of the capitalist spectacle. You may find that it’s harder than you think, that the impulse to buy is more ingrained in you than you ever realized. But you will persist and you will transcend – perhaps reaching the kind of epiphany that can change the world.
Of course, just expelling the demons of consumerism without filling the shell with abundant living is dangerous (as Jesus said). So Kendra Juskus, of Flourish, has posted some great ideas for what to do on and after the day the world calls Black Friday (so named because marks the transition of retailers balance sheets from being “in the red” to being “in the black”). In “Curing the Black Friday Blues,” she writes:
A coalition of Black Friday resisters is emerging, and its efforts are galvanizing folks to savor the un-buyable joys of the holiday season by creating gifts, purchasing gifts that support good work and ministry throughout the world, buying fairly made products, or buying nothing at all.
And also on the Flourish website is a fun, FREE, creative, nature activity for your beautiful Friday walk, when everyone else is in the shopping mall fighting for bargains. Send us a photo of your land art and we’ll post it on the web for others to see.
So take Friday off, not just from work, but from the treadmill of consumption that threatens to undermine the economy, our families, and the very planet itself.
Give thanks to the Lord this Thanksgiving (the real Earth Day).
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