A handful of shopping days remain before Christmas and while some parents brace themselves for frantic trips to the mall for last-minute purchases, some moms are proudly promoting their no-stress approach to holiday giving sure to make the World Economic Forum happy.
For some time, globalists have been pushing an agenda toward the idea that “you’ll own nothing and you’ll be happy” to steer society away from individualism and toward a collective mentality. Whether they meant to or not, a new trend getting promoted on social media has some already preparing their kids for this potential dystopia as moms encourage their peers to stop buying their children toys for Christmas.
Gabrielle Flores is a 34-year-old stay-at-home mother of three children, aged between eight months and seven years old, whose husband works as an airline pilot. Though their budget would allow for it, in October she posted to TikTok how she wanted “No toys for Christmas” for her kids from loved ones and she recently spoke to the New York Post about the decision.
“At the end of the day, it’s all just junk. I don’t stress about buying Christmas gifts or toys for my kids,” she said as she argued, “The holiday can still be magical without [those things].”
“We prefer that our kids enjoy a valuable experience for Christmas rather than a bunch of toys that they may or may not play with or appreciate,” Flores continued.
By her assessment, “This generation of kids isn’t as focused on toys as we were. They’re not bragging about what they got for Christmas. And my daughter is very confident, so if a kid does say something [about a toy or present they received], I don’t think it will bother her that much.”
Flores has been joined by an estimated 27,000 moms using the hashtag “NoChristmasGifts” on the social media platform promoting alternative ways to mark the holiday including 28-year-old Alexandra LaPointe who told the Post that for her two toddlers, only experiences will suffice.
“This year we’re gifting them memberships to weekly music classes and we’re going to the state museum to see the Christmas lights with my in-laws,” she said. “My kids don’t need any more toys of [pointless] gifts.”
According to her, the children were overstimulated and grew overwhelmed last Christmas, and temper tantrums ensued. To avoid a repeat, she joined other moms in putting a stop to material gifting.
The reported thousands of everyday moms had at least one celebrity in their camp as actress and TV host Drew Barrymore told Entertainment Tonight during an interview that she only gifts her young daughters with a trip at Christmas.
“I always take them on a trip every Christmas. I don’t get them presents,” she said, “which I think at their ages they don’t love, but I say, ‘I think we’ll remember the place and the photos and the experience and that’s what I want to give you.”
Despite the personal opinions of these moms, a September 2020 University of Illinois at Chicago study found that the opposite is true. “Children ages 3 to 12,” researchers explained, “derive more happiness from goods than from experiences. Goods are much more concrete and require less reasoning about intention or mental states compared to experiences.”
Whereas the Post didn’t cover how the anti-material TikTok moms treated their kids the rest of the year, Barrymore did note her approach to Christmas was not indicative of how she provided for her children.
“They get plenty of things throughout the year, so I’m not like some weird, strict, cold mom who’s like, ‘You don’t get any gifts!’ I just feel like a better gift would be a memory,” the actress argued. “I’d rather invest (in that than in) a dollhouse or something. It all evens out and it’s fine.”
Criticism of the parenting choice was widespread on social media as others countered the suggestion that the gift-less kids would “thank me later.”
No they won’t. Ever.
— AABogert (@AaBogert) December 20, 2022
They really won’t
— Pat O’Keefe (@patokeefe1234) December 20, 2022
It’s like the people who pass out apples on Halloween. Sure, it’s healthy but it sucks.
— brit (@pashedmotatos) December 20, 2022
Depending on their age no they won’t. They will never forget and your kids will always talk about it to each other long after you’re dead as one of those incomprehensible devastations parents sometimes visit on their kids. They’ll say “I was damaged by Christmas “
— LibrarianVee (@LibrarianVee) December 20, 2022
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