Library Lady's Corner
Buy Nothing Day 2021 November 25 2021
Buy Nothing Friday is upon us once again!
While you let the rest of the world carry on with the frenzy on Black Friday, YOU CAN JOIN US IN RELAXING!
Buy Nothing Day 2019! That's the statement! Today's the Day! November 29 2019
*** We want to hear from you! Send us photos and descriptions of your 2019 Buy Nothing Day creations to receive $7 off your next purchase from Waldorf Publications! Email your information to
by December 2, 2019, and on December 3, you will receive a code with redemption instructions. Hope to hear from you soon!
Are you ready for “Buy Nothing Day” and a Cozy Thanksgiving Weekend? November 24 2019
We’re in Year Seven of our celebrations, and we want to hear from you!
The moment is coming to gather in your family and friends and take up a craft or two together: BUY NOTHING FRIDAY.
The day after Thanksgiving, the hectic day traditionally called “Black Friday,” is our day to say, “Let’s relax, sing tell stories and craft together.”
Get ready! This day of giving thanks, particular to American and Canadian cultures, is a holiday, a pause, a gift-free weekend that has only to do with the people we love and good food in all the abundance we can muster. The day after the big day of family and feasting, Friday can be one of sustaining the feelings of gratitude, the keynote of Thanksgiving Day. Feeling appreciation for all we have in our lives is the reason for this break in regular life. Feeling grateful is a restorative mood of the soul all by itself. Why not maintain it for more than a single day?
Here at Waldorf Publications and the Research Institute for Waldorf Education (RIWE), we are preparing to offer ideas for crafts, songs, stories, and plans for fun things to share with your family and friends that help you to relax, avoid the frenzy “out there” and to take advantage of the more inward aspects of the season of thanks and the season of grace that follows. Doing things together unites us and builds understanding and peace on earth.
Some of you may have joined us for “Screen-Free September.” Friends from around the world worked to eliminate or curtail the number of hours spent in front of a screen. The University of Witten in Germany joined in. It surveyed participants both before and after to measure participants’ moods and feelings of well-being after measurable numbers of hours away from screen activity.
Those of you who joined us will recognize immediately the opportunity in Buy Nothing Friday to continue practices that give us joy in working together, working with our hands, working with real (not virtual) things!
Come along with us on Buy Nothing Friday and look forward to the wonderful easy, fun, and heartwarming projects for this golden day of family, friends, and quiet fun.
To celebrate our Seventh Anniversary of Buy Nothing Friday, we’d be glad to hear from you about what your good craft ideas are, and on the very day, what you do to celebrate being together with your family and friends. Anyone who sends us ideas or pictures of your Buy Nothing Friday will receive a code to earn $7.00 off any purchase at Waldorf Publications. Let us know and celebrate by buying nothing!
We will be posting the Buy Nothing Friday activity packet (and the instructions to receive $7 off your next purchase) on Thursday evening. However, it is not too early to begin gathering materials to use for some of the crafts. Specifically, dried pinecones and felt balls! Gather as many as you can and get ready for Buy Nothing Friday 2019!
Buy Nothing Day 2018 November 23 2018
Here at Waldorf Publications we have established an annual event on the day after Thanksgiving: a day in which we enjoy the warmth of the day-after-Thanksgiving with family and friends. We invite you to join us and buy nothing. To balance the energy pushed upon us by the commercial world and simply “Buy Nothing” we can all take a day to breathe out and prepare for the coming winter. We invite you to join us in this by being creative if you feel so drawn.
“Buy Nothing Day” was established in 2013 and this marks our sixth annual “Buy Nothing Day.”
This year, our inventive Library Lady has identified the making of a paper star Advent mobile and various gnomes and elves as the crafts of the day. She is sending you the light of the heavens on the stepping-stone path to the re-awakening of the Sun as it turns towards increasing light at Solstice, Chanukah, and Christmas. Light up your home with candlelight until the time of increasing sunlight returns!
Buy Nothing Day 2017! November 24 2017
Join us for our 5th annual BUY NOTHING DAY! Instead of Black Friday, make this relax at home Friday. Stay home with your family, be offline and create homemade potpourri, colorful yarn and twig decorations, or learn a song, (all instructions, lyrics, and ideas included here). Or snuggle in and read a story!
Balance the universe with quiet, loving, relationships at home with the people you cherish most on this (traditionally frantic) Friday.
Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Buy Nothing Day 2016 November 24 2016
The Friday After Thanksgiving is celebrated at Waldorf Publications and the Research Institute for Waldorf Education, RIWE, as “Buy Nothing Day.” The sweetness of the Thanksgiving holiday is its absence of commercialism. Food, family, gratitude, gathering are all that need be pondered and enacted. Read More...
Buy Nothing Day 2015! November 27 2015Here at Waldorf Publications we have established an annual event on the day after Thanksgiving: a day in which we enjoy the warmth of the day-after-Thanksgiving with family and friends. We invite you to join us and buy nothing. To balance the energy pushed upon us by the commercial world and simply “Buy Nothing” we can all take a day to breathe out and prepare for the coming winter. We invite you to join us in this by being creative if you feel so drawn.
Buy Nothing Day 2014! November 28 2014
Already over the internet comes pouring a count down to “Black Friday.” This day that honors all of our culture’s commercial and competitive shopping instincts is now like some holier holidays in deserving a countdown.
Black Friday is aptly named. Don’t you think? Waldorf Publications wants to call it: BUY NOTHING DAY!
This is a bold stroke at building a new culture, a culture that follows the light, not the inevitable darkness that comes with this time of significant events.