With the Christmas season upon us (Yes, Christmas. If you are offended please move along.) we are being bombarded with Christmas specials. Almost all of the more recent ones are a variation of “How (insert name of cartoon character available at your store for $39.99) saved Christmas.”
I had no idea Christmas was that fragile. As an adult, I realize what a disservice we were doing for our children. We are telling them over and over that the most minor event (Oh no! The Christmas napkins are wet! Christmas is ruined!) can destroy something as important to them as Christmas.
Are we unintentionally telling them that any mistake, any change, can have catastrophic results? Are we making them risk adverse?
Are we telling them to wait for someone like (insert name of cartoon character available at your store for $39.99) to save them rather than act for themselves?
Is this the cause of those seasonally insane people that really believe the loss of Christmas napkins is a tragedy?
I may never know, but it makes me wonder about other unintended consequences.