In between sips of bourbon-spiked cider and haute couture gingerbread cookies (yes this is the way we autumnally do), the notion of conspicuous consumption was brought up as a subject of Office Discussion. For those of us who plan on overstuffing our collective gullets with either a) turkey or b) plastic-melting holiday gifts, November 23 is Buy Nothing Day, and a convenient way to atone for our (capitalist) sins. It’s sort of like the Master Cleanse for shoppers! If the idea of putting your wallet on pause for a whole day is too scary for you, we suggest taking a 76 mile run. By the time you finish, you will have worked off all of Auntie Mae’s pecan pie and all the stores will have closed!
November 21, 2007