Friday, November 23, 2007

Buy Nothing Day



I've always hated the crass commercialism of the after Thanksgiving day sales. People running out like rats to the sewer to find the best scraps and fight over them. WalMart was open on Thanksgiving day to suck in any early sales they could - shame on them!. Macy's and other stores opened at 5:00 and 6:00 am to try to beat the competition. They even have a name for it now. "Black Friday". I think the name fits it nicely, it's a black mark on our society and it casts a dark stain over the holidays. We have lost touch with the true meaning and spirit of these special days. Please read the insightful post of More Ways to Waste Time in which she talks about Buy Nothing Day. She is much more eloquent than I am in describing our societies decent into uber-consumerism.

6 comments:

annechovie said...

Jackie, i am SO with you on this! Glad to read someone who has verbalized exactly what i was thinking today! P.S. thanks for the sweet comment on my blog!

Leah said...

Thanks Jackie.

;-)

Leah

S. said...

I agree whole-heartedly. I know we all love our STUFF, but at some point doesn't just shopping for the sake of shopping become gross?

Bonnie said...

That upside down tree is too funny! Thanks for posting all those trees.......I agree, I am a traditional sort of Christmas tree gal too.
Bonnie

Topsy Turvy said...

Does it make sense to spend hours fighting stampeding crowds and standing in lines, just to save $10?
Sounds like hell to me. (Enter the red foil christmas tree!)

Jessie said...

I hate how everybody gets wrapped up into the spending spending shopping shopping drama of the holidays. A few years ago, I didn't have alot of money, but yet felt guilty NOT buying everyone I knew a gift. I charged alot of stuff on a credit card. NEVER AGAIN!!!!! :(

My husband and I just enjoy putting up our tree and spending time with family. We are much happier taking away the drama of shopping and credit card debt. :)