Buy Nothing Christmas

Ah, Mennonites to the rescue again, this time with Buy Nothing Christmas.

This Christmas we’ll be swamped with offers, ads and invitations to buy more stuff. But now there’s a way to say enough and join a movement dedicated to reviving the original meaning of Christmas giving.

Buy Nothing Christmas is a national initiative started by Canadian Mennonites but open to everyone with a thirst for change and a desire for action.

Buy Nothing Christmas is a stress-reliever, and more people need to hear about it. You can change your world by simply putting up one of the posters (or make your own) in your church, place of worship, home or work. Be sneaky about it if you have to. The point is to get people thinking. It’s an idea whose time has come, so get out there and make a difference! [continue]

The site includes twisted Christmas carols, an info kit, alternative gift ideas, and a collection of posters.

UPDATE, December 2020: The Buy Nothing Christmas website I linked to back in 2007 is now gone. It seems that somebody forgot to renew the domain, and that domain has been snapped up by some horrid commercial entity. So I’ve changed the link. Now it goes to an old version of the site, archived by the Wayback Machine.