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Occupy Christmas December 2012

The founders of Occupy Wall Street, a 69 year old Canadian (publisher of Adbusters magazine) and a 29 year old Californian, have made some suggestions for Occupying Christmas, via the mag's website:

— a Santa sit-in, whereby protesters sit outside a store and encourage people to cut up their credit cards;

— a Jesus walk, where people put on a mask in the Holy Son’s likeness and walk through malls, to create an eerie sentiment. (Note from Joe: Pose for pictures with the kids, sign autographs.)

— a “whirly mart,” in which would-be shoppers fill their carts with products but abandon them at the cash register. (Note from Joe College: Please do NOT put perishables in your whirly cart, as they could be local. Try to fill it with ultra-crass imported junk.)

Facebook Occupy Christmas group offers advice on buying local gifts

Top Ten Ways to Occupy the Holidays, from Made In USA Challenge

Wherever we read buy USA or buy local, substitute Buy Canadian / North American / buy regional, the theory is the same wherever you live. Support local businesses. This list below is from MadeInUSAchallenge.com:

10 Ways to Occupy the Holidays

1. Buy American. Support local jobs, buy gifts from the many awesome American-made options available.

2. Shop locally. Visit your local independent shops and help reinvest in your own community.

3. Buy handmade. Everyone loves receiving a unique handcrafted gift. Check out local craft fairs and Etsy.

4. Do it yourself! If you are so inclined, share your talents through homemade art, baked goods and craft creations.

5. Buy used. Keep it out of the landfill! Check Craigslist and consignment sales for steals on used products in excellent condition.

6. Give service gifts. Lessons, classes, memberships to museums or tickets to a theatre all make fun gifts.

7. Choose gifts that give back. Charitable giving in recognition of your loved one sends an important message.

8. Cook holiday meals with local foods. Hit your local farmer’s market before they close up shop for the season!

9. Buy with cash. Using cash instead of using credit cards helps you stay on budget and prevents the big banks from further profiting from your hard earned money.

10. Spend less. Only spend what you can afford. No one wants you to go into debt for their gift. Create a budget and stick to it.

The Facebook page for Occupy Christmas already has 2,000 Likes, and it is only the eve of Black Friday. If you are an artist or craftsperson, consider upddating your Facebook status with the image below.

One more link, please don't forget this is Small Business Saturday on November 26, 2012.

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