It’s quite alright to say, “No!” to a holiday. It’s ok to write off an entire season. Sometimes holidays are worthy of looking forward to. Sometimes they’re not.
It’s perfectly fine to ignore the myriad external messages elbowing each other to influence us. People, companies, cultures, they all would love for us to spend, do, and feel exactly as they think we should.
Never mind them. Really. Sometimes some holidays (and/or seasons) are best ignored.
Do whatever works for you. Mark time, survive, thrive. Before you know it, it’ll be holiday-free January.
Whatever any one of us does, we’re never alone. We’re all unique yet all human. Be good to each other. Take good care of yourself!
What do you do when you want to ignore a holiday?
1. For some, once Thanksgiving is over, the holiday season truly kicks off with Black Friday aka Shop till You Drop.
2. For others, the holiday season begins with Buy Nothing Day.
3. What if we all decided to no longer be manipulated by ads?
4. What if everyone broke free of the emotional hold that big companies have on our lifestyles?
5. Not Buying Day shows we really care…
These spoof ads are courtesy of Adbusters, an agency dedicated to showing how insidiously propaganda works and fighting advertising with advertising. Their manifesto:
“We are a global network of artists, writers, musicians, designers, poets, philosophers and punks trying to pull off a radical transformation of the current world order.”