What Would Make a Family Cancel Christmas?

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Let's do a quick review.

Santa lurks all year long (Creep!), most likely with the help of the NSA, to find out whether you've been naughty or nice, right? You're either one or the other — no gray areas here.

If you're lucky enough to find yourself on the nice list, you are automatically qualified to receive gifts from Mr. Claus himself. If you had a rough year behaviorally, and you find yourself on the naughty list, you render yourself exempt from any gift that Santa may have had the desire to give to you.

Does that sound about right?

Nice = presents. Naughty = jack squat.

But does anyone even enforce that concept?

I can't think of anyone that does. Except for one family.

John and Lisa Henderson, two fed-up parents from Utah, decided that December 25, 2014 was going to be void of any sort of gifts under the Christmas tree.

“[Our sons] had been acting up quite a bit, and weren't very grateful for the things they had,” said Mrs. Henderson in an interview with Good Morning America. 

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So what did Mr. and Mrs. Henderson do because of the lack of gratitude? They held true to the status quo and canceled the delivery of gifts to their children. And instead of spending money on presents that their kids would most likely forget about within the next couple of months, they opted to make Christmas a little better for some needy people in the area.

I'm a huge fan of this. In fact, if my wife is down for it, I'd like to do something like this every year. My issue with the focus being on giving gifts is that it breeds entitlement. No matter the family's financial status, kids feel entitled to gifts. Because it's the reason for the season, right? Well, that's sure what it seems like. 

But often, the rich kids end up getting presents, but the poor kids often don't. And if they do, it's because their parents are picking up extra shifts at work because they feel like they are obligated to give them something for Christmas. I love how the obligation has been turned to making other people feel happy. I'm all for self-interest — that's how we survive — but sometimes we and our kids need to step outside of our own lives and step into others' so that they can feel what the season is all about. 

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What do you think about this? Is skipping out on presents absolutely absurd, or does that sound like a pretty good way to teach a lesson? Chime in! I want to hear!

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What Would Make a Family Cancel Christmas?

Jace Whatcott is a self-diagnosed introvert who loves crossword puzzles, golf, and reading. Despite being a male contributor—one of the few on this particular website—he is not in unfamiliar territory. Because he is an English major, 90% of his classmates are females, so he’s not too worried about being a fish out of water. One of his favorite things to do is to raid local thrift stores for used books. He’s always looking for something to read, or for something to put on his endless to-r ... More

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