On Friday, buy nothing
Aren’t you already sick of Christmas?
Then participate in the annual Buy Nothing Day, in which you pledge not to choke the freeways, waste resources, go into debt and deal with a lot of screaming Christmas shoppers just so you can load your friends and family down with a lot of shiny, useless crap. Again.
Instead, participate in the Credit Card Cut-Up… the Zombie Walk… the Whirl-Mart… and other fun activities. Particpation is free.
And if you don’t feel quite that radical, you can still make a gesture — read Bill McKibbin’s classic 1997 Mother Jones essay
The Hundred Dollar Christmas (title strangely truncated on the MJ site for some reason) or go to the website for the movement that article started, Hundred Dollar Holiday.
Yes, it’s all a bit of NPR-flavored earnestness — Vermontlichkeit, to use a word coined in an April 2007 review by Lance Morrow of a McKibbin book — but a little personal protest makes everyone feel better. Hundredth monkey, tipping point and all that, what?
Update: SF Chronicle coverage