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7 Reasons You Shouldn't Invite Henry David Thoreau to your Christmas Party

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Henry David Thoreau

Henry David Thoreau

Henry David Thoreau wasvery bold when it came to expressing his way of going about life. He believed that people should not be consumed by distractions or their surroundings. He kept his needs at a minimum and made due with less, so he would definitely think that people are very extra during Christmas times. The constant spending of money on the "tools" of this world would probably make him sick to his stomach. He would definitely lose his mind if he saw parents gifting their children Ipads and tablets instead of books. He believes that we allow circumstances to make us happy or sad, and they are distractions. Around Christmas time, most people are very distracted by sales, decorating, and buying. I thought it was be a great idea to tell why Thoreau would not attend a Christmas party. He believed in simplicity and Christmas is the farthest thing from that with all of the giant Christmas trees, light decoratios, and giant snowmen and reindeer.

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He might decline your invitation.

He might decline your invitation.

“I find it wholesome to be alone the greater part of the time. To be in company, even with the best, is soon wearisome and dissipating. I love to be alone. I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude.” -Henry David Thoreau

He enjoyed being alone most of the time. I believe that he found comfort in his own home which definitely wouldn't contain snowmen and elves on shelves. Being around all of the unnecessary decor would not be appealing to Thoreau. At Christmas parties, there is usually a minimum of 50 people, and Thoreau would not enjoy that. He'd probably be irriated and ready to go the moment he sees a huge snowman in your front yard.

From this, I believe that Thoreau is telling people to learn to be by themselves and create your own happiness. You won't be distracted, and you will be comfortable at all times because you have no one to please.

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He would think that Christmas lights are overrated.

He would think that Christmas lights are overrated.

"I would rather sit on a pumpkin and have it all to myself than be crowded on a velvet cushion. I would rather ride on earth in an ox cart, with a free circulation, than go to heaven in the fancy car of an excursion train and breathe a malaria all the way. The very simplicity and nakedness of man's life in the primitive ages imply this advantage, at least, that they left him still but a sojourner in nature. When he was refreshed with food and sleep, he contemplated his journey again. He dwelt, as it were, in a tent in this world, and was either threading the valleys, or crossing the plains, or climbing the mountain-tops." - Henry David Thoreau

He believed in being simple and only having the necessities in life. He would think that you are insane for having lights for the OUTSIDE of your home because that is the most unnecessary thing every. Outside lights that are adding to your bills which is more money that does not have to be spent.

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He wouldn't buy you a "good" gift or electronics.

He wouldn't buy you a "good" gift or electronics.

"But lo! men have become the tools of their tools." - Henry David Thoreau

Toys and electronics would not be beneficial to you. He would consider those things distractions because they would keep you from exploring yourself and exploring nature thoroughly. I don't even think that he would buy a person socks as Christmas gift because who needs more than two pairs of socks? An electronic item is definitely out the question. Thoreau would probably be in distraught with the world today. The only nature that people explore is the screensaver on their new iphone or Macbook.

He is telling people to not be bound my mechanical aids. He does not want people to not get the full experience of life because they are distracted by social media and games. People need to create their own experiences in life and not become robots that later on realize that they have not lived their life completely.

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He would buy you books instead.

He would buy you books instead.

“Books are the treasured wealth of the world and the fit inheritance of generations and nations.” - Henry David Thoreau
“Books must be read as deliberately and reservedly as they were written.” - Henry David Thoreau

He would most likely buy your children books as Christmas gifts instead of ipads and tablets. Most kids have probably never seen a physical book in their lives because now we have ebooks. He believed in investing in yourself which means increasing your knowledge as much as you can. Books are things that have been around for ages, so you are able to learn about the then and now just by reading. Books are like ways for people from previous generation to give later generations insight on things about history. When reading, you have to be very observant and steady as you go through the pages.

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He would not participate in the Ugly Christmas Sweat contest.

He would not participate in the Ugly Christmas Sweat contest.

"I say, beware of all enterprises that require new clothes, and not rather a new wearer of clothes. If there is not a new man, how can the new clothes be made to fit? If you have any enterprise before you, try it in your old clothes. All men want, not something to do with, but something to do, or rather something to be. Perhaps we should never procure a new suit, however ragged or dirty the old, until we have so conducted, so enterprised or sailed in some way, that we feel like new men in the old, and that to retain it would be like keeping new wine in old bottles. Our moulting season, like that of the fowls, must be a crisis in our lives." - Henry David Thoreau

"Every generation laughs at the old fashions, but follows religiously the new."- Henry David Thoreau

He would show up to the party in the same clothes in shoes that you've seen her wear a million times with no shame. People would probably call him a party pooper. He believes that fashion is not a necessity to your everyday works and does not add to it. We can get things done without being in designer clothing. I can imagine him being a thrifter. An ugly Christmas sweater would not be something he would purcase.

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He will tell your kids that Santa is not real.

He will tell your kids that Santa is not real.

“Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth.” - Henry David Thoreau

Santa Claus is known to be the deliverer of materialistic things that only bring temporary pleasures. So rather than having something temporary, Thoreau would rather have the truth and also want others to know the truth. He would not tell the children to hurt their feelings but for them to realize that there is more to life than the toys that "Mr. Claus" can bring them. He believes that peopel need to seek simple lives of gratitude over wealth, fame, and other materialistic things that will all fade away one day and not even be important.

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He will eat all of the greenbean casserole.

He will eat all of the greenbean casserole.

“I have no doubt that it is a part of the destiny of the human race, in its gradual improvement, to leave off eating animals, as surely as savage tribes have left off eating each other when they came in contact with the more civilized.” - Henry David Thoreau

Thoreau was a vegetarian. Usually at Christmas parties, you have turkey, ham, chicken and more with only a view vegetable items which is why I believe that he would enjoy the green bean casserole. I'm sure he would enjoy the potatoes too. He thinks that it is unclean and uncivilized to eat the meat of another living thing. Not eating meat was also convenient and inexpensive for Thoreau since he would be considered "cheap".