Friday, November 23rd is national Buy Nothing Day. I hope you’ll join us in joyfully opting out of consumer culture for just one day. Instead of shopping on Black Friday, we are planning to bake bread; practice our instruments and start working on some holiday duets (Claire plays cello, I play violin badly, we both play piano, and Tom plays, um, cowbell); go for a walk in one of West Seattle’s wooded parks (no matter how much it’s raining); and come home to a nice cup of hot chocolate. Some friends are hosting a soup, cider and board games party that evening. Sounds relaxing! What are your plans for a lovely day of not-shopping?
Visit Adbusters for more information on the campaign, though this year I’m really liking the site for Buy Nothing Day, UK. (International Buy Nothing Days are not linked to Thanksgiving/Black Friday, and so are being celebrated on November 24th.)