As far as the mainstream media is concerned, crisp fall weather is a signal that should trigger a holiday shopping frenzy. We should be spending our days going from store to store with a long list in one hand and a credit card in the other. They have even set aside November 23rd, the day after Thanksgiving (in the U.S.,) as the day we should all help the corporations meet their profit expectations for the year. Yup, "Black Friday." Google it and you'll find listings of all the deals to be found that day as well as tips for organizing your shopping. You won't find much about the U.S.'s out-of-control consumer debt, or the mountains of waste we create by buying so much more than we need.
I am not a very enthusiastic holiday celebrator, but here is one I am excited about: Buy Nothing Day. Also scheduled for November 23, BND is a day to avoid the stress, the long lines, the overspending and resource depletion. This year instead of hiding out, I plan to take action and help spread the word. Any ideas?
Happy Unshopping, everyone!