More than the season of gifting, more than the season of store lines, more than the season of debt, The holidays are the season of Facebook complaining!
One glance at my Facebook and I see post after post about various debates that seem incredibly important, for one month of the year.
Happy Holidays Vs. Merry Christmas
Keep the Christ in Christmas Vs. Christmas is a Tradition, not a religious holiday.
These are just two, I am sure there are hundreds more. My issue does not lie in their opinions possibly being different from mine. My issue is that my Facebook seems to hate itself with my friend’s contradictory posts! My wall is littered with people complaining about an aspect of the Holidays, and two lines down someone else is complaining it from the opposite angle.
I have friends of all flavors. Because of this, I am careful what I put on my Facebook. The people I choose to keep as Facebook friends are people I want to keep in my life, not random strangers that I need to change. If I was truly looking to change my ways, I would not do it by reading Facebook posts.
My opinion is not needed, and neither is theirs. I hate to be a Scrooge, but just because you can say something, does not mean anyone wants to hear it. We live in a society of entitlement. We have the freedom to say what we want, but lately it appears we lack the content to say anything important.
I will admit, I am known for occasionally posting news articles (and random cat pictures). These news articles typically articulate an opinion of mine, but I worry and fret over each post. I care about the people connected to me via Facebook enough that I don’t feel the urge to rub their noses in my opinion.
What ever we believe about the Holidays is our own. Luckily, we are beautiful and unique people, and should welcome diversity in our friends. Who wants a bunch of “Yes” people?
If someone says, “Happy Holidays” maybe we should be happy they care enough to waste breath caring about our happiness. A simple, “Merry Christmas” is not an insult to someone’s beliefs, it is a caring statement.
To fix this, we need to go back to basics. Remember the self-restraint most of us were taught as a child? We should start using it. The internet makes each of us feel important and gives us the illusion of needing to share.
If you had lunch with every person on your Facebook, would your conversations be similar to the rants posted on Facebook, hopefully not. Maintaining relationships with friends and family means understanding they have different opinions than your own, and not complaining about it. Set Facebook free!
When in doubt, post pictures of baby animals.
~ I love the irony in complaining about complaining! ~