This week’s blog is brought to you by Sarah Hardstaff, one of our first-year PhD candidates.
I wish I’d revised my lit review before Christmas.
So, I’m not entirely sure what to do here. A good moral sermon might do it, in the grand tradition of Christmas-related children’s literature. Something so confused it doesn’t know whether it’s a glorious celebration or downright condemnation of Christmas consumerism. That sounds about right.
In that spirit then, here are ten very important lessons about Christmas from popular culture (spoilers throughout):
1. Your child will never be emotionally whole unless you buy all their toys in duplicate.
My penguin is lonely. You must buy another penguin immediately.
2. Buying chocolate is the same thing as achieving world peace.
I can teach you how to bottle fame, brew glory, even stopper death… gift-giving? No, I can’t teach you that. I’m just not very good at it. Sorry.
4. Basically, it’s fine to be rich as long as you buy loads of stuff.
|That’s nice of you Sir. But we are literally about to have dinner. I’ve been cooking all day. I know you think you’re being helpful. But you’re really not.|
|This guy has obviously been spending too much time producing Family Guy merchandise. Or possibly Band Aid CDs.|
|Which will work for literally no-one except this one child. Exceptionalism at its most heart-warming.|
|To be fair, these guys are obviously baddies. They’re not even wearing festive jumpers.|
|Oh, a puppy? Thanks. No really, it’s great. It’s just that… now we need another puppy. You know, in case this one gets lonely.|
Have a great time everyone!