Black Friday, the day stores make their money and are 'in the black'. You've got to be joking me. I refuse, refuse to deal with those people, all rude and pushy, tearing things out of your hands, stampeding in the aisles.
I've discovered the Buy Nothing Day. It's a 24-hour event billed as a “festival of restraint.” In North America: 23rd November, 2007; International: 24th November, 2007.
I don't advocate never buying a gift, but this is an interesting concept, and one worth thinking on a little more.