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baba yaga
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posted 23 December 2005 04:29 AM      Profile for baba yaga     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
An article at BBC News talks about Xmas & anti-consumerism, with a visit to Santa's Ghetto in Soho, London and some words with the owner of the Anti-Christmas Zone website, this year complete with "anti-Santa training game".

"I did it as a bit of a laugh for my friends but now it's been linked into other anti-Christmas sites around the world," he told the BBC News website.

Meanwhile the National Secular Society has gleefully launched its own "Insanely Politically Correct Winterval-Solstice-Holiday Season non-Christmas on-line shop".

...Back in Soho, Mr Flynn said they did not set out to be deliberately provocative with Santa's Ghetto: "People enjoy Christmas and we don't take it seriously - it's a bit of a joke.

"Although we come across as being anti-Christmas, we actually love Christmas."

Another website linked at the article is
Buy Nothing Christmas, started by Mennonites on Canada's West Coast and now based in Manitoba, of interest in an egalitarian, counter-culture sort of way. Their Buy Nothing Catalogue consists of photo submissions from folk who describe a cherished experience that cost $0.00. Apparently they are not affiliated with the Buy Nothing Day folk.

All this makes me feel somewhat better. Every time I step outside my door I feel somehow not part of what's going on for the next few days. I celebrate the Wiccan sabbats and find the anti-consumerist ideas above very cheering.

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posted 23 December 2005 12:15 PM      Profile for lagatta     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Well, we can celebrate Solstice... The days are getting longer!!!!
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posted 23 December 2005 12:20 PM      Profile for skdadl     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Yes! Here comes the Sun! Happy spring, everyone.
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