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The more trivial, vulgar and banal holidays become, the more acutely one senses the approach of something uncanny and terrifying:

buy nothing day

As we enter the crazy holiday shopping season, keep in mind that buying stuff will never make you happy. It might lift your spirits for a few hours, or if you’re lucky, maybe a day or two, but in the end (and we mean the real end) your connections, your friends, your family, and your human experiences are all you’ve really got and all that really matters.

So this year, at this moment in history when the existential threat of climate change is breathing down our necks, why not try something radically different:


Join the worldwide movement of people determined to take back Christmas from the corpo-commercial forces that have hijacked it. Get your family together and decide to do things differently this year . . . instead of buying useless things to give to your family and friends, why not:

Bake them a cake, write them a poem, give them a kiss, tell them a joke, but for god’s sake stop thrashing the planet to tell someone you care.
— George Monbiot

And if you do decide to buy a present then, go local, go indie . . . don’t get sucked into the corpo-consumerist doomsday machine!

Now here’s the uncanny, terrifying stuff:

Create Cognitive Dissonance

everything is fine, keep shopping

Print a few dozen provocative posters and pepper them throughout your nearest mall.

Credit Card Cut Ups

Stand in a shopping mall with a pair of scissors and a sign offering passers by a simple service: sparing them from extortionate interest rates and mounting debt with one considerate cut.

Zombie Walk

Follow the logic of capitalist consumption to its inevitable, cannibalistic conclusion: Wander the malls as a walking dead.

Jesus Walk

Put on a Jesus mask and walk — ever-so-slowly through throngs of Christmas shoppers with "The more you shop the less you live” written on your back.


Congregate a few of your closest friends and all silently drive your shopping carts around in a long, inexplicable conga line without ever actually buying anything.

Happy Jamming!

Yes, I want to be part of a billion-strong grassroots movement!

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