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BuyNothingChristmas.org suggests some creative alternatives—homemade clothes, toys, ornaments and treats—to giving in to the consumer frenzy surrounding Christmas.

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“Buy Nothing Christmas” is an effort to help people focus on the true meaning of Christmas, according to BuyNothingChristmas.org. 
Through advertisements and study guides, volunteers are spreading the message, “Give love, not objects.”
On the site, people can download a free three-session study guide that challenges people to look at the real meaning of the holiday. “Examining the Story of Christ’s Birth,” “The Celebration of Christmas” and “Christian Response to Consumerism” are the topics tackled in the three sessions.
People can also download posters from the site to display at their churches, workplaces or community buildings. 
So if you aren’t buying anything, then what do you do about gifts?  
BuyNothingChristmas.org suggests some creative alternatives—homemade clothes, toys, ornaments and treats—to giving in to the consumer frenzy surrounding Christmas. 
Aiden Schlichting Enns wrote on the site that, as a graduate student and journalist, he was tired of feeling like he couldn’t do anything to make a difference. 
“Even if it’s insignificant, I’ve decided to participate in a Buy Nothing Christmas,” Enns wrote. “It’s an experiment—I’m curious to see what happens. I think it’s a great way to challenge our own consumer mindset, to put our faith into action, to offer a prophetic ‘no’ to unfettered free-market consumer capitalism, and an excellent way to generate some good dinner-table discussions on the topic of economics, politics, religion, and what we’re not getting each other for Christmas.” 
Visit BuyNothingChristmas.org to learn more! 
Jodi Mathews is BCE’s communications director.