With the holidays fast approaching, it’s high time for many people to begin their holiday shopping. Retail stores started inundating consumers with all the latest must-haves for the holidays well before Halloween was even over. TV commercials continually remind us of all the things we apparently need to be happy. But do we truly need all that excess stuff?
Here’s a challenge: Could you go for a whole day without buying anything?
There is an interesting holiday you may have never heard about, officially created by a Canadian way back in 1992. It’s called “Buy Nothing Day“! It’s an international day ofprotest against consumerism and is observed in many countries including Canada, the U.S., Germany, France, Japan, etc. It is held on the day after American Thanksgiving, which is also famously known as Black Friday. In case you didn’t know, Black Friday is the busiest shopping day of the year for Americans. Stores begin offering enormous discounts, sometimes in the wee hours of the morning. People trample into stores, pushing and shoving each other about. Proponents of “Buy Nothing Day” simply ask people to reflect on the idea of going for an entire day without purchasing anything, not even basic necessities like food. They claim that there is enough waste and overconsumption as is in our world. Do we have enough willpower to halt our spending for 24 hours?
This year, “Buy Nothing Day” will fall on Friday, November 27th. Try it out — tell all your friends and family about it. Instead of going to the shopping mall, get together with friends and enjoy each other’s company! Whip out a board game or two. Take out that dusty photo album and reminisce on cherished memories. Whatever you do, enjoy that time together.
Let us know in the comments below which activity you plan ondoing on “Buy Nothing Day.”