Two years ago, members of a church in Charlotte, North Carolina, created a home video that quickly went viral. In the two years since its online debut, it has garnered 30 million views and is counting. And there is no doubt that it will also be shared around the world this holiday season. But why?
Some might say that the two-minute Forest Hill Church video is a bit cheesy – it follows a man waking up, covered head to toe in wrapping paper. He then sees, literally, just like a wrapped gift, from his wife to the bathroom light switch to her shoes and a hot cup of coffee. At the end of the video, the following words appear on the screen: “This Christmas, may you be grateful for all the gifts around you! “
The metaphor is certainly overkill, but depending on how many times it’s been watched, maybe this is just the message we need to remember about gratitude at this time of year.
Yes, we already know that we should enjoy the things we take for granted – the roof over our heads and the food on our plates, for example – but this video might make you see these things a little differently, like s ‘there was a big red bow on top of your cereal, your shower head, and your car every time you walked out of the driveway. With that visual in mind, you might remember how much of a gift these things really are.