|Posted on December 21, 2016 at 4:25 AM|
It is funny how a meme can polarize Facebook. right now I am seeing many versions of the "Throw the fake gifts on the fire to scare your kids into behaving" meme...and boy are reactions varied!
Now, I confess that I laughed, because it really is kind of funny in a dark and slightly warped way, but I do understand why some people are upset, just not for the same reasons. Most of them seem to be worried about their children's delicate psyches and teaching them that they have to be good to get gifts...(which is sort of the way the world works, but we'll leave that out of this discussion!) My concern is deeper.
Why are you celebrating Christmas?
Part of the reason that our family's Christmas celebration has shrunk over the years has been a reaction to the extreme commercialism and selfishness of the holiday. I have no problem with picking a birthday for Christ and memorializing. I have no problem with giving gifts. I do have a problem with even Christians not embracing the real reason for the holiday in how they do those traditional things. (Note: I have no problem with other faiths celebrating the holiday, either, to each their own conscious.)
We give gifts not only because the wise men gave the young Christ gifts, but because in His birth, God gave us the ultimate gift. His birth was an amazing fulfillment of centuries of prophecy, worthy of celebrating with joy and quite a bit of awe. So when you give your child a gift at Christmas, you should be imbuing that gift with the same spirit of humble giving...which is why our Christmas has become a quieter, simpler event. It just isn't about how many pretty presents are under the tree. Too many children and adults act like Christmas is a time to get, get, get, and even the ones that give often make it into a competition with no focus on the purpose.
Now, next time you see this meme, imagine throwing the baby Christ on a fire because your kid didn't clean up their toys...now you need counseling, right?
Categories: On a Personal Note