BY JILL CARROLL
The holidays are coming, and even though the retail decorations have collected dust since their September resurrection, the day after Thanksgiving is when the shopping race truly begins.
Stores open at 6 a.m.; people push each other out of the way while they pile gifts into their arms. We search for that One Perfect Gift to buy for our kids, our husbands and wives, mothers, fathers, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, grandchildren, children's playmates, teachers, colleagues, girlfriends and boyfriends, friends and neighbors...
We make lists, we drive all over town; we speed to the sales to charge and check; then we subtract, and try to balance or even finance, and then subtract some more. But mostly we sweat, and hope and pray that we can pay off the bills in time to do it all over again next year.
This year, make it different, and make a difference. Sleep in. Keep your credit card in your wallet or, better yet, cut it up. Buy nothing. Save money. Spend time with your loved ones. And save the planet from the burden of western materialism
Buy Nothing Day is Nov. 27, the day after Thanksgiving.
Six years ago, dismayed by consumer hysteria, Kalle Lasn, a former ad executive from Vancouver, chose the busiest shopping day of the year to go on a 24-hour shopping hiatus. Lasn is also the founder of Media Foundation, a group that produces environmental advertising and publishes Adbusters, a magazine which examines the role of advertising in our culture.
Join people from Australia, Ireland, The Netherlands, New Zealand, the U.K., and the United States in celebrating Buy Nothing Day.
Jill Carroll, a Columbia native, lives and toils in Atlanta.
Check out www.adbusters.org and www.newdream.org for more information.