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Week of November 28, 2005
'Twas the Month before Christmas
By SUZANNE ELSTON
Twas the month before Christmas and all through the mall,
The children had visions of quite a good stash,
When outside the mall there arose such a noise,
While back in the mall things were getting quite rough,
Now iPod, now X-Box, now Star Wars, Part III,
I put in my bids and I waited my time,
My credit card bills soon arrived in the mail.
He was dressed all in black, his demeanour quite stern.
The stump of his pen he held tight in his grasp.
But I heard him exclaim as I drove out of sight,
If the thought of holiday shopping has you ready to put on the boxing gloves, relax. A month before Dec. 25, there's Nov. 25, the official date of Buy Nothing Day.
BND, as it's known to its supporters, is a time to remember that nobody was born to shop.
It's a time to pause, think, and regain some calm before the Christmas rush begins in earnest.
It's a time to ask for that ultimate refund, 24 hours of consumer-free culture.
Like all good holidays, BND requires a little planning ahead. Here's a few suggestions (courtesy of Adbusters) of things you can do:
If watching videos is more to your liking, forget about rentals and tune into the entertaining commercials produced by Adbusters in support of BND. Don't worry about reruns - these brilliant advertising spots have been banned by every major network in Canada. Enjoy!
To tune into the Adbusters' videos, or to reclaim your mental environment and sign the Media Carta manifesto, go to www.mediacarta.org.
Check out the latest video, Big Box Mart, brought to you by the fine folks at www.jibjab.com.
If your way of relaxing is learning something new, then check out a new way of accounting, brought to you by www.truecosteconomics.org.
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