The festive season is all about giving, at least that's what it's supposed to be about. But receiving is where most people find enjoyment. A video by UPtv has set out to challenge this and the notion that all kids want for Christmas is gifts for themselves.
In "The Other Christmas Gift" five children, aged between 6 and 10, from the the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta, all of them from low-income families, are given a choice. But before that they're initially asked what they want for Christmas—they reply with standard stuff like a computer, Xbox, Barbie house—and are then asked what they think their mom or dad might want for Christmas—they reply a ring, coffeemaker, new TV.
They're then presented with both presents, and that's when they're given a choice. They can either pick the gift for themselves or the gift for their mom and dad. So what's it going to be? I'm sure most of us are thinking that they will pick the one for themselves. After all, they are just kids, right?
It turns out ALL of them (in the video anyway) pick the gift for their mom and dad. Surprising? Pretty much, but these kids think their mom and dad deserve the gifts as they've given so much to their children over the years. It's heartwarming, especially when they give their reasons why.
Since being released a few days ago it's gone viral, and it's not hard to see why. But it's also been met with both praise and criticism, with some people saying how encouraging it is while others claim it's manipulative and way too scripted.
Replying to a comment on YouTube when someone asked "How many kids didn't make the video because they picked their own gift?" UPtv said "around 80% of kids picked the gift for their family."
Anyway, watch the video and make your own mind up.