Learning to Give Is a Gift Worth Sharing
Christmas v. consumerism
The holidays are fast approaching, and many of us have already begun to prepare for the festivities by working our way down that daunting list of presents, perhaps feeling that familiar pressure to turn this holiday into a spectacular event. Though for most people Christmas is about spending time with their loved ones (or maybe enjoying a well-deserved vacation in sunnier climes), it’s also the time of year when consumerism can rear its ugly head and swallow us whole if we’re not careful.
To help you battle the beast of hyperconsumption, we invite you to watch the NFB animated classic Noël Noël, which offers a critical glimpse into the moral and environmental consequences of excessive materialism. In English lit. classes, you can explore the film’s fairy tale structure or ask your students to think about the values it conveys, an exercise that would also be well suited to an ethics course.