Buy Nothing Day

November 28, 2014
Tamara Petkau |

Did you know that Thursday, November 27 was American Thanksgiving? You might not, since this holiday seems to have faded into the shadows of the sinister Black Friday—which is today.

I don’t really understand the history of Black Friday, and I’m too scared to google it, but as far as I know, it’s a day that celebrates excessive greed. Unfortunately, it’s made its way up to Canada, and everywhere I look I am bombarded with Black Friday blowout information. It makes me sad, especially since a part of me wants to partake in it so badly.

Today is also Buy Nothing Day. It’s not as prominently advertised as its counterpart.  Buy Nothing Day is a much more peaceful and practical holiday. Instead of standing in line, out in the cold, for 24 hours to score a free toaster—or something just as ridiculous—you can stay at home sipping hot chocolate. Perhaps you could play a game with your friends or family, or at the very least, be reassured that your home won’t be filled with more garbage and your finances will be a little more friendly.  It seems like such an obvious choice, so why does the dark side seem to always win?

North America’s ridiculous greed, mine included, is killing the entire world. I can’t think of anything I want badly enough to warrant that.

This year, I’m taking over the dark side. Won’t you join me? And for all the super brave folks out there who have also championed over Christmas greed and now celebrate a Buy Nothing Christmas, please send me your ideas for homemade gifts, personalized experiences, or new traditions. That will be my next battle.

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Tamara Petkau
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