There seems to be two distinct groups of people on Social Media as Christmas approaches:
People who post about how excited they are about Christmas and people who post about how annoying people who post about how excited they are about Christmas are.
The thing is, both are perfectly entitled to do so. Social media is this beautiful thing where people get to embrace the narcissist within. While people are sending their thoughts and pictures out into the world for others to see, other people have the option to unfollow, unlike, delete, block or in some way remove that persons updates from their own newsfeeds. There is an element of “If you don’t like it, look away” when it comes to social media.
People should be able to use social media to platform whatever it is that is important or interesting to them, knowing not everyone will “like” everything they post and also it’s totally okay to be friends and not be friends online. I have had a friends that for one reason or another I have unfollowed them, though most of the time it’s just as easy to keep on scrolling past updates that don’t appeal to me.
If someone wants to post constant pictures and anecdotes about their children, or pictures of what they’re eating or announce every time they work out or dedicate an entire year to 365 days of “Potato Related Memes” they should feel free to go right ahead – it’s their corner of the internet to do with it what they please.
Personally, I love Christmas. I really do. I don’t mind if Christmas starts a little earlier every year. I get a little excited when I see that the fruit mince pies and brandy custard are on supermarket shelves, and the shopping centres decorate the walls and ceilings with tinsel and lights. Heck, I’m one of those horribly obnoxious people who will burst out into song singing Christmas Carols as early as July.
I know, I’m the worst.
I do get the disliking of it all though, I really do. I get that the consumerism can be completely abhorrent. The waste of resources, the excess and the people who through love and good intentions are raising children who are dissatisfied because their expectations are raised every year and no amount of stocking fillers will ever completely fill in that void. I get that can be painful to watch at times because it gets played out in detail on social media every year.
But at the end day – and the end of the year – sharing the joy and irritation, the highs and the lows, the love and the drama, ‘tis all part of the season. Whether you’re loving it or loathing it, it’s definitely beginning to look a lot like Christmas.
So, once more with feeling…
Deck the halls with boughs of holly,