Buy Nothing Christmas
I’m not up at 4 a.m., even though this post is coming online then. Why did I pick that time? Because some stores open at 4 a.m. for early shoppers. At the hour of 4 a.m., crazy crowds of shoppers will jostle and queue to buy stuff that no one really needs, much of it in the name a holiday that stands in direct contrast to shopping malls and expensive gifts.
There is another way. Go visit the website of Buy Nothing Christmas. They encourage us to celebrate without racking up more credit card debt, filling our landfills, and experiencing joyless shopping. You can even exchange gifts — but they might not come from the mall.
To be sure, I’m not saying that every trip to a mall is evil. I may be there myself once or twice. Some gift-giving is good. But we’ve gotten so far out of whack with all this that we’ve lost sight of the reason we do all this in the first place. Check out the Buy Nothing Christmas site. Maybe try a few ideas from the site.
Oh, and maybe get a subscription to Adbusters. It’s a great way to deprogram from all the messages of our culture.