(PCM) In a move that has sparked both praise and outrage, Utah parents John and Linda Henderson decided to cancel Christmas this year in order to teach their children a lesson about respect.
Lisa Henderson is a stay at home mom and founder of the blog Over The Moon, where she first posted the news about she and her husband’s decision to cancel the holiday. She claims that they gave their children, three boys ages 5, 8 and 11, fair warning that if they did not change their behavior there would be consequences.
Lisa goes on to say that she and her husband have been struggling for months to teach their children to change their often disrespectful and entitled behavior. Very little changed over the course of time, so they came up with the idea saying “We should just cancel Christmas”.
Lisa claims the children did not react very well to the news that the holiday would be canceled this year saying “They cried pretty hard”. The family will still be celebrating Christmas in other ways and they money that was set aside for presents will instead be used for service projects and helping the needy in their community.
She also was sure to add that while the children will not be receiving any gifts from her and her husband this year, they will still receive presents from other family members during the holiday season.
The comments on Lisa’s story were pretty much split down the middle with positive and negative with many calling her and her husband mean and lazy, while others said her idea was a blessing and would teach her children a lesson that would stick with them for years to come.
What do you think? Did the Henderson family go to far with canceling Christmas or is that just the lesson that the three naughty children needed?