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JUST FED UP? BUY INTO `BUY NOTHING DAY’

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Fed up with over-the-top commercialization of Christmas?

Here's a novel way to mark the beginning of the holiday shopping season: For just one day, buy absolutely nothing."Buy Nothing Day," organized by a loose coalition of international groups, will be Friday, the day after America's Thanksgiving and the unofficial start of the Christmas and Hanukkah gift-buying rush. It is usually one of the busiest shopping days of the year.

Buy Nothing Day's organizers hope more than 100,000 people in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Britain, South Africa, Japan, Sweden and Belgium will fight the urge to buy.