A few days ago, I saw a meme about the “creepiest Christmas songs.” There were a few I could definitely agree with: I mean, “The Christmas Shoes”… REALLY?!? But one I disagreed with vehemently: “Do They Know It’s Christmas?”
I have a soft spot for the song; it’s one of my favourites, not even just among Christmas songs. But the line that they took offense with was the famous Bono line, “Well tonight thank God it’s them, instead of you.” They said it came across as “sucks to be them.”
That’s not how I see it: I see that line as a reminder of how lucky we are with our “first world problems.” Thank God that you can complain that the Starbucks barista gave you full caf instead of half caf (is that even a thing? I don’t drink coffee…) instead of worrying that your seriously malnourished child won’t make it through the night. Thank God that you can worry about whether you can get the hottest toy this year, rather than worrying about whether your water supply is safe to drink.
“Do They Know It’s Christmas?” is nearly 30 years old now, and the sad part is: there is as much, if not more, suffering than there was back then. 5.5 million children are suffering after Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. 1 million children in Syria are living in refugee camps. Children in Haiti are still suffering three years after the earthquake hit. And on and on.
So, if you’re still looking for a teacher gift, or a Christmas gift for a person who really doesn’t want or need anything, why not consider a Survival Gift from Unicef? And if not Unicef, any of the other relief organizations that have a similar gift catalogue?
Because when all you can think about is survival, whether or not it’s Christmas probably doesn’t mean a whole lot.
This is not a sponsored post, just something I was thinking about 🙂