Make Something Day!

Written by Mark Van Steenwyk : November 21, 2007

imageFrom the Ecclesia Collective comes Make Something Day.  It sounds like a great idea…more than simply ignoring consumer capitalism on “Black Friday” (the day after Thanksgiving), Make Something Day is a call to a DIY counter-ethic.  Here’s the description from their site:

In response to the over-consumptive habits of western culture, Adbusters magazine has been promoting Buy Nothing Day for years now. The Friday after Thanksgiving is typically marked as the highest buying day for Americans. But we live in a world that can no longer handle our consumptive habits here in the west. And while we pile up on things we don?t need a large portion of the world exists without basic human needs being met every day. We applaud Buy Nothing Day? but it isn?t enough for us. As followers of Jesus, we believe that giving is a central part of the lifestyle we are trying to embody. So, we replaced the negative with something positive: Make Something Day. Go ahead and give gifts this holiday season. As they say, giving is better than receiving. But that doesn?t mean buying something is. So, we encourage folks to avoid shopping on the Friday after Thanksgiving. Instead, stay home, put a log on the fire and try making something for someone. Don?t feel creative? Visit the website for some good ideas to get you started.

Feel free to share any ideas about what you might make in the comments section.  What am I going to make?  Good question.  I usually make candy or food for gifts…but with the Big Holiday a month away, it is likely to spoil between now and Christmas. So, for Make Something Day, I figure I’ll do a couple of things:

1) I’ll finish editing the Missio Dei Breviary.  Sure, I’ll end up having to buy copies to give away, but its a start. :)

2) I might make a few of those “bake it yourself” kits…you know, the kind where you add all the ingredients to a jar and then the recipient simple adds water, or water and eggs, to make a flavor sensation.

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8 Responses to “Make Something Day!”

  1. Jason Barr on November 21st, 2007 11:58 am

    I’m going to record some music. Hopefully within a couple of weeks I’ll have an EP-length recording done to give away for Christmas.

  2. Anna on November 23rd, 2007 10:13 am

    We made a thank-you card yesterday morning for the folks who invited us over for dinner. Turkey-hands rule! It’ll be up on the Flickr group in a few.


  3. Michael Cline on November 24th, 2007 2:50 pm

    Yikes. I’m convicted. I hadn’t looked much past Buy Nothing Day. Thanks for this…I stand amazed.

  4. jane vickers on November 24th, 2007 10:01 pm

    hey jason. i am glad you are recording music for Christmas gifts. i would like one :0)

  5. Jason Barr on November 25th, 2007 3:19 am

    Jane - I think that can be arranged. :-)

  6. jane vickers on November 25th, 2007 8:18 am

    goodie! i will gift you a piece of jewelry i made if you like. i looked last night for the first installment of you discussion/paper on the prophetic imagination but could not find it.

  7. Jason Barr on November 25th, 2007 10:23 am

    That would be awesome!

    The first post in the series is on the front page of this blog, very near the bottom, entitled “Anarchism, Christianity, and the Prophetic Imagination 1″. It links back to a post on Ecclesiastes that was actually the beginning of my presentation.

  8. Jason Barr on November 25th, 2007 10:24 am

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