Christmas Lights buy
              nothing christmas
home   alternatives   resources   stories   questions   media   about   contact us
Where did I say you should
                                        shop so much?
Facebook -- add your actions, lend your voice ("Great idea! I'm definitely on board with this..." - William Lee Silver) See the Facebook page here.
Introducing Buy Nothing Christmas »»
Learn About Buy Nothing Christmas Here.

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!

»» Free information kit here

Where did I say you should
                                        shop so much?
» Download a FREE poster and change your world

Three easy steps off the treadmill
» Get this 3-session guide for youth

We are pleased to offer a free ready-to-use study kit for youth groups. Discover a fresh, radical way of reading the Christmas story by clicking here.

Session 1: Take a risk, don't conform to those in the spending spree. Mary, the unwed mother of Jesus, went against the grain. Think about it.

Session 2: The best gifts come in no packages. The Christmas story is all about flipping the system on its lid.

Session 3: Image is everything? Well, don't get pegged as a mindless consumer, be a rebel this Christmas.

Buy Nothing Catalogue

Finally, a Christmas catalogue with things you really want... and alreay have! This is an open source creation, so submit your entry. Be your own future now.


Complete kit for Christmas musical

It' true, people start early with their plans for a Christmas musical. Try this complete kit: script, score, CD, DVD and press kit. Audiences loved it last year. See here for more.

Winnipeg Free Press theatre critic Kevin Prokosh gives a heads up to the premiere showing of A Christmas Karl.



Whacky cartoon ruffles stuffy readers

You can view the [non-evangelical] tract online by clicking here or on the image to the right. Jump to comment page here.

» 1. Download and view (PDF 277 KB)
» 2. Make your own (PDF 556 KB)

Christmas Burnout Bus

Last year in Winnipeg we fashioned an old van into a "mobile chapel," dubbed it "the Christmas burnout bus" and visited three shopping centres. Find out more.


Joel kroekerThe Song: Buy Nothing At All
Artist: Joel Kroeker
Web site:

Download - (MP3 - 2.00 MB)

To download:
(PC - right click and select "Save Target As")
(Mac - Option Click and select "Save the file")

Local debate on Christmas shopping, see more info here.

Show it in your town!
This 91-min. feature film produced by Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me)
is handy for inspiration and organizing events in your local area, featuring Reverend Billy and The Church of Stop Shopping Gospel Choir. See trailer here.

In other news:
Look, it's real! It's on Wikipedia.
Also a campaign promoted by Adbusters.
Gaining momentum, in Alberta news.
It’s hip, see Facebook group.
Caught the eye of
And bloggworthy.
See Christmas shopping "debate" in ChristianWeek here.
On GodTalk, CJOB, Christmas shopping debate podcast.

Got an update from your local area? Let us know and we will spread the news.

Geez magazine
The mag behind the scenes, spreading holy mischief

Spread the word:
Buy Nothing Christmas? "You GOTTA be joking." Friends will be relieved to discover this growing movement. Help spread the word.

»» Relationship to Adbusters?

Give love this Christmas. Ready-to-print coupons for desserts, child care or back massages. (32K jpg, 108k pdf). More resources here

A community makes crafts. Click here to read story.

Vancouver Sun religion writer Douglas Todd reports. Click here to read story.

This just in...
National Post - Scrooge?

Twisted Christmas Carols

Action of the week:
I got permission to pass out flyers and pin up posters of a buy-nothing-christmas at my high-school. Many of my teachers are now full supporters. Lillie-Kate See more here.