Every where you look on social media, you will start to see pictures of people posing themselves, their children and their pets in front of the Christmas tree. I have been guilty of trying to get the perfect photo of my 2 little cuties in front of the tree. I must have taken 50 pictures in order to get 1 that I would be happy to post on my Facebook page for my friends and family. Then, I waited, like so many others to see how many likes and comments I would receive. I don’t know why we want this validation from our friends and family (and sometimes strangers), but we crave it!
The use of social media to display all of the Christmas “spirit” is both uplifting and discouraging. It is great to see so many celebrating the holidays with family, but it is starting to make me feel like my Christmas is not good enough!
First off, my son has been begging me for an elf on the shelf. For those of you who are not aware, he is a little stuffed elf that comes to your home on December 1; he comes with a book to read to your children. When you first adopt him, you need to give him a name and this will activate his elf magic. Every night, he flies back to the North Pole to report to Santa how good or naughty the children were. Then, he flies back in the morning and hides; the children need to find him and he is often found doing naughty things.
We do not use Elf on the Shelf at our house. He seems like a lot of fun, but I don’t like the idea of telling my children that if they are “bad”, Santa will not come and bring them gifts. Plus, it seems like a lot of work to come up with a creative hiding spot every night for my children to find him in the morning. There are tons of posts on my Facebook page about the mischief that the Elf is causing at my friends’ homes. This makes me feel like a bad mom for not buying one and putting in the effort!
Recently, there was a woman in the United Kingdom, Emma Tapping, who posted a picture of her Christmas tree on Twitter. The tree is dwarfed by the number of gifts under it; there were about 300 presents underneath. She was not expecting the reaction she received. She only had 258 followers and her post has been shared more than 100000 times. She has received so many comments about how horrible it is of her to be spoiling her 3 children like that (and some comments much worse!) and a few comments about how she can spend her money however she likes. I like to spoil my kids for Christmas too and try my best to shop early so that I can get good sales on the things that they want. I also post a picture after Santa has visited so that I can show off our tree with the goodies underneath. I would be mortified if I received any comments regarding the number of presents I put under the tree, whether my “friends” thought I had too many or too few! If you would like more information on this article, please visit: http://www.9news.com.au/world/2015/12/10/15/58/mother-defends-decision-to-buy-spent-1500-on-buying-300-christmas-presents-for-her-kids
Social media has also been used to help us decorate our homes for the holidays. Pinterest and YouTube are allowing more and more people to have a Martha Stewart type Christmas on a budge…as long as you have the time and the creativity to follow instructions. I was inspired by some deco mesh wreaths that someone had posted for sale on Facebook for $75. I thought I could make one for less, so I took to YouTube and managed to make a cute one in less than an hour. Here are the results! If you would like to make your own, please click here.
On the whole, I think that my Christmas is looking ok when compared to how some of my friends on social media are celebrating. My kids have gifts, but not too many, my house is poorly decorated except for my tree and wreath and there is no Elf on the Shelf! Please no judging! So, how about you, are you worried that your holidays won’t match up with what you are seeing on your social media feeds?