Will You Buy Nothing and Do Something This Holiday Season?

This year I'll join millions of people around the world celebrating Buy Nothing Day. Instead of shopping for more Stuff, I will take action to make positive change in my community.
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    Buy Nothing, Do Something

    What do the holidays mean to you? If you take a second to close your eyes and picture the holiday season you will likely be thinking of hearty dinners, holiday parties, and spending time with family. Our most cherished holiday memories come from enjoying what we have with those we love.
    Unfortunately, large corporations are telling their own holiday stories, ones in which we express our love not by doing stuff with our families, but by buying Stuff for them. The holidays aren’t about friends dropping in, but shopping ‘til you drop.
    Of course we can buy gifts for those we love! But we can’t allow consumerism to take over the holidays. That's why we are inviting you to join us in celebrating Buy Nothing Day, an international holiday dedicated to resisting consumerism. What's more, we're challenging you to dedicate your day to making change in your community! 
    We want to get back to the original stories of the holidays: spending time with loved ones and counting the blessings you have, not the Stuff that you want. Prioritize doing something instead of buying something. Here are a few ideas for better ways to spend your time than shopping:

    Buy Nothing:

    • Write personalized holiday messages for those closest to you
    • Invite friends over for a home-cooked meal and games
    • Go outside and spend time in the natural world
    • Read that new book you’ve been meaning to start

    Do Something:

    Together, we help reclaim the holidays as a time to rest and to strengthen our social bonds. If we each do our part, then together we can tell a better story. We can generate cherished memories instead of contributing to stress and crowded malls. We can celebrate the true meaning of the holidays. Are you ready to join us?