STFU Parents: Facebook Faux Pas To Avoid Posting This Holiday Season
The holidays have officially arrived (Happy 6th night of Hanukkah!), and along with the joy of the season comes a giantÂ Santa sackÂ filled withÂ “internet coal,”Â akaÂ common social media blunders. No matter how little time you spend on Facebook right now, the chances are pretty high that you’ll come across a stupid meme about some kind of “social justice” holiday-related campaign. Be it a rant about a Starbucks cup, or a comment on the way public schools handle Christmas — er, holiday — pageants in 2015, one of the most popular subjects to beat into the ground is always The War On Christmas. The worst aspect of this, of course, is the predictable coopting of Peanuts characters in order to get some ridiculous points across:
It’s times like these that I wonder if it would be better to avoid social media altogether, because as much as the holidays are supposed to be a time of forgiveness, generosity of spirit, and family togetherness, it seems like America just keeps swinging farther in the opposite direction. Consider the family holiday card thatÂ Michele Fiore released last weekÂ with every intention of making headlines and sparking controversy across social media platforms:
When Michele Fiore thinks about the holiday season, she thinks about outfitting her family with red shirts (for Christmas!), blue jeans (for America!), and a personal arsenal of rifles, handguns, and tactical webbing (for the patriarch, of course). She doesn’t factor in how this sick display makes families who have lost loved ones to gun violence feel; she doesn’t factor in the way this image makes America look to the rest of the world. She certainly doesn’t think about the fact that she released this image just a week out from the anniversary of the Sandy Hook massacre, which destroyed a whole community just before the Christmas break. Nope! She’s just thinking about garnering attention and making a political statement by posing her loved ones with deadly weapons…for Christmas. Ho, ho, ho? Talk about a misguided holiday faux pas.
We Americans are all about extremes these days. If we’re not handing our grandmas AR-15s for family photo shoots,Â we’re bragging about buying our children entire department storesÂ for Christmas. Hey — they’re worth it! And exactly who are *you* to judge how someone else spends their money, anyway?
This is the photo that went viral when a bunch of people saw it and were like, “Um, if this lady isn’t supplying gifts to dozens of families in a Toys 4 Tots program, then what the hell is she doing posting this picture on Instagram?” The mother in question, who was absolutely shocked — shocked! — that someone would re-post this Instagram image on Facebook without asking her first, justifiedÂ her family’s mountain o’giftsÂ because, as she explained, these gifts are for her, her husband, her mother, AND her three kids. Now doesn’t it all make more sense?! That’s six people splitting thisÂ SUV-sized presents pile. Also, as dozens of horrible people have pointed out in the comments ofÂ this BuzzFeed post, it’s entirely possible that this mom, who enjoys “thrifty shopping,” actually just bought an enormous amount of very cheap, completely worthless crap andÂ didn’tÂ spend a fortune on this future landfill. Doesn’t that improve your outlook and change your mind about what a faux pas it was for her to post this picture in the first place?
Hey, at least she didn’t start group texting her friends in September about what to buy her kid for Christmas. She took care of the gift-buying all by herself — unlikes some people, who don’t know when technology isn’t their friend.
I think it’s safe to say some parents might take the holiday season a little TOO seriously. Every year,Â this obsession manifests itselfÂ in a variety of ways on social media, and much like classic Christmas traditions, we’re stuck knowing those social media rituals aren’t going anywhere, whether we like them or not. People will continue to post pictures of pee stick Christmas tree ornaments with pride, as well as send out links to their kids’ Amazon wish lists, even if some of their friends have never even met their kids. That’s just how we do the holidays in 2015. Let’s check out several social media faux pas that parents are prone to commit this holiday season.