A mothers Instagram photo of her Christmas tree being gobbled up by a mountain of presents has gone viral, and people are freaking the fuck out.
I have literally seen this photo shared on my Facebook feed over 10 times so far, and I’m sick of it.
“What twisted woman would give her kids so many gifts?!” they exclaim while shaking their fists at the sky.
“How will the children’s friends feel knowing they didn’t get nearly as many presents?” they cry.
First of all, everyone should be well aware that anything you share online can potentially be used without your consent and also held against you. For example, I’m still awaiting the day this image on my Instagram becomes a “before” photo for a scammy depression drug company.
And because our opinions can now be shared with everyone at the click of button, it’s only going to get worse. I’m not saying that Christmas Mom was asking for all the negative attention by posting her photo – it’s her right to share whatever the hell she wants. What I’m saying is that I’m not surprised by all the frenzy. Every time we post something online, we’re basically standing naked in front of a big crowd. While most may like what they see, there will always be a few people pointing out your flaws and judging your habits.
Second, why is everyone so worried about the friends of the children?
I myself was one of the poor kids who had to listen to my friends brag about their new bicycles and televisions. When they’d ask me what I got for Christmas I’d usually respond with a one word comment, like clothes. In reality, my gift was usually a can of peanuts and a stick of Teen Spirit deodorant. It didn’t bother me too much because I knew that one day I’d be an adult with my own money, and could overcompensate for years worth of not-so-impressive presents by surrounding myself with
childish awesome shit.
The kid’s friends will be fine. Trust me.
And finally, WHY DO PEOPLE CARE SO MUCH ABOUT WHAT OTHERS DO WITH THEIR TIME/ MONEY/ GENITALS???
Unless you live in Christmas Mom’s living room and all those presents are creeping up on your sleep space, you shouldn’t give a hoot. You know what I do when I see an image I don’t agree with? I use the magical scroll wheel on my computer mouse. Try it some time. It will change your life.