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A Christmas Karl

Introducing Buy Nothing Christmas

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!

»» New musical: A Christmas Karl »» New study kit for youth

»» Dates for 7 Manitoba shows »» Free information kit here


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.


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.


Where did I say you should shop so much?

Karl Promo

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

Note: this musical is available at low cost to theatre troupes anywhere. Write for info.



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)


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

Download - (MP3 - 2.00 MB)

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



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


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


The Musical is new. Click here to see summary.


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



Local Actions:
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Nov. 14, 2004 Sargent Avenue Mennonite Church, presentation on Buy Nothing Christmas, 11:15 a.m.

Waterloo,Ontario
See their news release

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


This just in...
Report from U of Manitoba

Twisted Christmas Carols


Action of the week:
Does retail space get you down? Try an act of self-redefinition: go from being shopper to being a student of life. Bronwen Roberts got free refills at Ikea as she studied the lost art of not shopping.