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It May Be Black Friday But It's Also...
BUY NOTHING DAY
Buy Nothing Day is observed annually on the day after Thanksgiving. This day is part of a movement against consumerism, urging the world to change their purchasing habits, to consume and produce less.
HOW TO OBSERVE #Buy Nothing Day
Instead of shopping, stay home, and relax.
Or you can try these ways to show support for the day.
- Cut up credit cards.
- Do a Whirl-mart – the act of disrupting others shopping by pushing your shopping cart around a store over and over while purchasing nothing.
- Organize a Christmas Zombie walk – a visual expression of the obsession consumers have with Black Friday deal.
- Balance your checkbook.
- Read a book about counter-consumerism like the Empire of Things by Frank Trentmann.
- Clean out your closet.
- Donate or volunteer at a local food pantry.
Buy Nothing Day originated in Canada in September of 1992 as a way to protest the frenzy of Black Friday shopping. In 1997, the day’s founder, artist Ted Dave, moved the day to the Friday after Thanksgiving to correspond with one of the most popular shopping days in the United States.
NATIONAL FLOSSING DAY
After enjoying a grand meal, National Flossing Day reminds us to take care of our teeth and gums. This health observance takes place each year on the day after Thanksgiving!
The American Dental Association recommends flossing at least once a day to achieve the best results for oral health. Daily flossing removes plaque from areas between your teeth where a toothbrush is ineffective. Plaque can turn into calculus or tarter so it is important to floss daily. Flossing is also an important step in the prevention of gum disease and cavities.
Used in a sentence: Even though it is National Buy Nothing Day, I might splurge for some supplies to celebrate National Flossing Day.