The Crusade Against Holiday Shopping, Daily
Finance, December 15, 2011 Barbara
Thau interviews several Winnipeg, Manitoba,
residents about how they have practiced a Buy
Nothing Christmas in the past and plan to again
this year. Read more here.
How to Have a Slow
Holiday (or a Buy Nothing Chrismas),
The Huffington Post, December 9, 2011 Kirsten
Dirksen gives a few reasons why a Buy Nothing
Christmas is better than a shop 'til you drop
Christmas. And a video too! Read more here.
Christians should resist Black Friday,
The Washington Post, November 24, 2011
Aiden Enns, co-founder of BuyNothingChristmas.org,
writes "To me, Black Friday is essentially our
version of a religious pilgrimage. We worship in
the mega stores, make schedules around holiday
deals, display allegiance to brands and low
prices, offer tithes to the cashiers. Masses of
people swarm the stores with hype and fervor. But
where’s the meaning? The deep meaning? See
Buy Nothing Day and Occupy Wall Street,
The Independent, November 20, 2011
Featuring comments from Kalle Lasn, editor at Adbusters
magazine, "We are going to try and take back our
Christmas season from the commercial forces that
have hijacked it," he says. For more on the
relationship between Adbusters and Buy Nothing
Christmas, see here.
And while you're at it, check out Buy
People To Change
Spending Habits This Christmas,
Vancouver News1130, November 16, 2011
This Christmas Canadians plan to spend almost
$1400, but it is not all going towards material
things. Trips and entertainment have become more
important to people this year. Featuring comments
from Buy Nothing Christmas co-founder Aiden Enns.
Read more here.
features websites: Buy nothing for holidays,
CNN.com, December 10, 2010
Several online movements have inspired thousands
of people to attempt to spend little or no cash on
holiday presents. "The holiday season is about
sharing time with loved ones, not going into
debt," said Cat Ellis, a Facebook "Buy Nothing
"It is entirely unnecessary to spend money in
order to show others that you care."
Aiden Enns co-founded buynothingchristmas.org and
said during the holidays, his site attracts up to
7,000 hits a day from people wanting to learn more
about the movement. Read more here.
Swiss urged to
leave wallets at home, Swissinfo.ch,
November 27, 2010
Buy Nothing Christmas co-founder Aiden Enns is
interviewed by Swissinfo.ch
on the topic of Buy Nothing Day and Buy Nothing
Christmas. "It’s absurd to shop at toxic levels in
the name of the child that was born to bring peace
to the world." Read
Consumerism, Relevant Magazine,
December 14, 2009
Margo Starbuck says you don't have to be a Scrooge
to do the holidays differently.
In the weeks leading up to Christmas, many of us
relax, spend time with family, share anecdotes of
Christmases past with a smile, and quietly reflect
on what this time of year is meant for—loving each
other and remembering the joy of our Savior’s
birth. Well ... maybe not. Read more here.
Nothing Season in Halifax, The Coast,
December 3, 2009
Richard Woodbury writes: Nada. Zilch. Zippo.
Here’s another option for your holidays: avoid the
gifting altogether. If all of the gift-giving at
Christmastime gets to be too much, you might want
to consider having a Buy Nothing Christmas. See
gifts rewarding experience Evolution 107.9 FM
November 26, 2009
Devon Taylor posts a short audio piece on Buy
107.9 FM with Devon Taylorfrom
BCIT Broadcast Journalism November 19, 2009
Devon speaks with Anna Weir of Buy Nothing
Christmas, a movement looking to de-commercialize
the holiday by promoting low cost home spun gifts.
Anna also shares some tips on how to buy gifts on
a tight budget. (20 min. audio) link here.
Louis Post Dispatch Advent
Conspiracy: Entering the Story November 12, 2009
I look back on that first Christmas as a demented
consumerist version of “The Gift of the
Magi”. That was 1988, and we’ve been trying
to figure out how to properly celebrate Christmas
GodTalk radio December
The two hosts roast Aiden Enns and Buy Nothing
Christmas: his heart's two sizes too small.
They're joking, of course, and they do care about
discovering new meaning this Christmas. CJOB Radio
Toronto radio, 680 News
December 07, 2007
Campaign revives the true meaning of Christmas.
Every year shoppers head to packed malls in
droves, scrambling to buy a mountain of gifts for
everyone on their list and often maxing out their
credit cards in the process.
Kansas City Star
Where’s Santa when I need him? December 5, 2007
My dad has announced he’s canceling Christmas.
The stocking snuffer revoked my favorite day
without consulting my mom or sister or me. He
argues he’s “simplifying” it. I know the truth.
And the truth is, I should have seen this coming.
New York Times
A Fresh Advertising Pitch: Buy Nothing November
A Buy Nothing Day report: As millions of Americans
brace for the jammed parking lots and mobbed
closeout racks that come with the holiday shopping
season, a small but determined network of
antishopping activists is girded for action as
Press, Carolers decry holiday
shopping mania, December 17, 2006
Carolers singing traditional holiday carols with a
satirical twist to the lyrics urged Winnipeggers
to stop shopping and find the true meaning of
Christmas at a few local stores on Saturday.
Sun, Shoppers urged to shop less,
December 17, 2006
Shoppers in the Polo Park area were greeted with
some unusual Christmas carols yesterday. Members
of the Buy Nothing Christmas campaign sang
traditional carols with new anti-consumerism
Press, Stressed? Hop on the Burnout
Bus, December 16, 2006
SICK of shopping? Feeling mauled at the mall?
Consumed by consumerism? Then you might want to
board the "Burnout Bus."
Tribune, The best Christmas gift: not
shopping, December 14, 2006
My wife and I recently watched the DVD "Christmas
With the Cranks," a comedy based on the John
Grisham novel "Skipping Christmas." It was
hilarious and thought provoking — as good comedy
Press, A new way of giving at
Christmas, November 26, 2006
Food to feed a family of five, two hens and a
rooster, and a fruit tree in Zambia. It's not
exactly The Twelve Days of Christmas, but some
Manitobans are singing a different.
Times Herald, Retailers see green;
buyers see bargains, November 25, 2006
They call it Black Friday, but clear skies and
bargains made the day after Thanksgiving sunny for
area shoppers. Tiny word of dissent mentioned at
bottom of story.
Mooove over Santa, Wednesday, December 22, 2004
When Nicholas Klassen returned to Canada several
years ago after living in Africa, he was stunned
by the riches stacked on the cupboards and in the
aisles at a local grocery store.... "When I
travelled to Africa I really understood the gap
between the rich and poor," he says. "I decided I
have enough stuff. I mean if I need a jacket I'll
buy it, but how many jackets do I need?"
Nothing' campaign aims for different style of
giving. Tuesday, December 21, 2004
The courage it took Mary to give birth to Jesus is
similar to the plight of sweatshop workers making
cheap goods for Western markets, according to an
annual campaign designed to reduce Christmas
Outside The Big Box, Thursday, December 16, 2004
There's nothing Scrooge about it; we were the
happiest people in the mall.
Southern Oregon News Buy Nothing Christmas,
Back to Basics, December 13, 2004
Tis the season - to shop til you drop! Except for
one Medford couple. "Christmas has gotten so far
out of hand," explained Payton Windslow, 29.
Post Buy Nothing group carols in malls -
and gets ejected, December 11, 2004
Mennonite Buy Nothing
Christmas: The musical, November 29, 2004
This is a unique style of Christmas caroling that
shoppers seem to enjoy -- but most merchants do
I resonated most with Simon's confusion over the
weird mixed messages of faith and commercialism
around the celebration of Christmas. A review by
buying, teens say, Friday November 26, 2004
Spirit of Christmas weighed down by 'mindless
Buy nothing for Christmas and give a gift to
Mother Earth, November 20, 2004
Includes recycling tips
radio - Buy Nothing Christmas and A
Christmas Karl musical (October 24, 2004 #251)
Interview with Aiden Enns: part 1 (2.0 MB mp3),
part 2 (1.5 MB mp3),
part 3 (1.2 MB mp3)
Faith Today Uncluttering Christmas,
Includes recent stats on shopping; sidebar on
Free Press Activist sings
praises of buy-nothing crusade, October 28, 2004
If you want to reach lots of people in Winnipeg,
you either have to give away gas or put on a
The Vancouver Sun
A 'Buy Nothing Christmas' December 20, 2003
A mini-movement in North America urges
spiritual people to return to their roots instead
of celebrating commercialism
of Manitoba Christmas Too Commercial?
December 19, 2003
The Humanist Buy
Nothing, Improve Everything
Times Shopping ethically: Bucking the
holiday commercialization trend, December 9,
Sidebar: 10 ways to
spend little or nothing at all
The Globe and Mail
I'm Dreaming of a Giftless Christmas, December
Sick of stuff? Try dropping the presents and
giving money to a needy cause instead, writes
Carol Toller. And cross your fingers that family
members will still speak to you.
The Guardian In
the Cheap Midwinter, December 1, 2003
More of a Scrooge than a Santa? Determined to hold
on to your money this year no matter what?
Kathleen Hennessy - and a team of unscrupulous
penny pinchers - offer their tips for negotiating
the festive round of parties and presents without
putting your hand in your pocket
Reporter Buy Nothing (for) Christmas: Give
of yourself instead of giving to corporate
The annual shopping frenzy has begun. But before
we deck the halls with boughs of commercial
Christmas clutter, Buy Nothing Christmas has
Christmas spending: Drop the shops
Monitor Gift-free Christmas: Making a list
and chucking it twice
Herald The cost of Christmas: A Christmas
Journal Swimming Against The Yule Tide