Celebrate Buy Nothing Day

Perhaps you managed to overcome the temptation to take advantage of all those great deals sweeping across the mass media in celebration of "Black Friday" -- the official launch of the Christmas shopping season. In the United States, a vast number of American shoppers,, stand in line in the dark and cold, their Thanksgiving Day dinners still digesting, as they wait for the doors of stores across the nation to open at 3 am. When they do, a hyper-charged army of people armed with credit cards and shoppoing carts race fly inside like avenging angels to attack the shelves. Sometimes people get a bit overstimulated, getting into physical fights over merchandise or getting knocked to the ground by customer stampedes, resulting in ambulances adding to the chaos. In some cases store doors have been broken down and employees trampled to death. In some cases, shoppers have brought along guns and pepper spray to make sure they got their rightful share.

If you have not yet been recruited into this annual invasion force and are instead appalled by this annual frenzy, you may instead be more inclined to participate in a tradition at the other end of the behavioral spectrum -- Buy Nothing Day.

Buy Nothing Day is an international day of protest against global consumerism. Initiated by Canadian artist,Ted Dave to send a signal to the economy and corporate sector that consumers have power, Buy Nothing Day is a declaration and pledge to a 24-hour moratorium on all consumer spending.