November 20, 2008

Oprah's Favorite Things

Originally published November 20, 2007

Oh O


I've recapped Oprah's Favorite Things here, if you want to see my take on it. I found this year's episode hard to watch, to be honest.

The way the audience gets so unbelievably excited and on fire (or "on far" as Oprah would have said it in her Macon accent today) for these things, these things like bath-sized forty-dollar soaps and $190 lounge pants and a fridge that can tell you the weather forecast.

But how excited are we in our hearts about our spiritual life. Or our love life? You know, the things that, like, really matter?


Subscribe to my blog here
Twitter me- I'm babysteph

36 comments:

  1. Oh how I agree! Isn't that what Christmas is all about anyway? We have spent the last 10 years simplifying our holidays. It is now all about family, time, and giving...to others.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Amen. It’s crazy to me how materialistic our society is. Christmas is becoming a bitter sweet experience because of how commercialized it has become. No one worries about the important things and let’s be honest those lounge pants aren't crossing over with you.

    ReplyDelete
  3. This is my first comment on your blog. But I just want to say "Amen!" AMEN!!! We are less traditional in our house when it comes to gift giving at Christmas time (we don't shower our kids with lots of gifts.) We want it to be magical for our kids, but the magic of it is that Jesus Christ was born on this day, not that Santa Claus is coming (yes, we play the whole Santa bit, but we really really downplay it and put Jesus in the spotlight; because He is the greatest gift of all.)

    Thanks for the great reminder, Steph.

    ReplyDelete
  4. I can't even watch Oprah anymore. Much less her favorite things. It kinda makes me sick.

    It's that whole thing of giving...but not giving. It's like she's being generous...but not really. I can't articulate it. It's just weird.

    ReplyDelete
  5. I really agree with you. I am so blessed everyday, it wouldnt matter what material items i have

    trisha
    momdot

    ReplyDelete
  6. well said! i think the show gets less exciting for me each year because i grow to appreciate what i have.

    aaron and i do a 12 days of christmas, but with $5 gifts! nothing quite as extraordinary as oprah, but it has special meaning to us. it's fun to see little tool sets or trinkets that make me think of aaron throughout the year and stash them away until december!

    now i'm seriously in the mood for Christmas!

    ReplyDelete
  7. I agree that the materialism shown on Oprah's favorite things underlines one of THE major problems with American society. However, Oprah is also a leader in bringing an non-religious sense of spirituality back into our culture. I don't always agree with her take on "the universe" but she has provided a lot of people food for thought on their inner lives.

    ReplyDelete
  8. I have lots of favorite people to spend my holiday with- because that is what truly matters. I didn't watch this year.

    ReplyDelete
  9. AMEN sister!! I could not agree with you more. NO ONE can afford that kind of stuff that I know here in DC - and if they COULD afford it, they are not buying it. They are too busy looking through World Vision's gift catalog and buy goats and seeds for folks in countries that could not fathom the kind of excessiveness that we live in here.

    THANK YOU. What a breath of fresh air. (Btw - the most babywearers that I ever saw in one place was in Uganda this summer = happiest babies too!)

    ReplyDelete
  10. That's exactly how I feel about it. Ugh. Just UGH!

    ReplyDelete
  11. I don't understand the fridge. I'm never in the kitchen long enough to need a fridge like that. How about instead of her buying all the "useful" gifts she help out the less fortunate.

    ReplyDelete
  12. I don't watch Oprah..but you hit the nail on the head with this one.. :)

    ReplyDelete
  13. Too true! It's amazing how hyped we humans can get over nothing.

    ReplyDelete
  14. Heather of the EO said it best - ugh...

    I was coming on just to say that...she beat me to it...lol

    ReplyDelete
  15. Don't even get me started on Oprah and all of her "do exactly as she says" followers. Makes me mad.
    Grr.

    ReplyDelete
  16. What a brilliant point you make - sometimes it really feels like the world has gone totally and utterly mad.

    ReplyDelete
  17. I'm with you. Consumerism has always bothered me, but this year I'm particularly sensitive to all these wants when so many are in need!

    ReplyDelete
  18. I haven't seen the show but I trust your judgment Steph. I'm so overwhelmed by the STUFF factor. I've actually been discussing with my 4yo the concept that this Christmas we'll just do maybe 1-2 presents from mom and dad and otherwise divert our efforts to those less fortunate, whether it's working in a soup kitchen, helping with food drives, or buying "gifts" for others. By quoting the latter, I'm referring to our day care's annual gift drive for needy families. Last year, the requests were for things like dish drainers, clean towels, a warm coat for a child, etc. It made me both want to weep, and give everything we could possibly give.

    -Christine

    ReplyDelete
  19. I totally agree. It's hard to get out of an excessive gift-giving-and-receiving habit if that's all you've ever really had, but I'd like to think I make a little bit of progress each year in shedding just a bit of that materialism. And it feels so GOOD when I come up with an awesome, inexpensive, non-wasteful personalized gift that not only shows my love for the recipient, but also truly touches them.

    ReplyDelete
  20. Well, I haven't watched it, but I must say that I've been in this place for quite a few years with her and that show and all the materialism. It's INSANE. And pointless.

    It's about JESUS, people!!!! How far our world has moved from the true meaning. It truly grieves my heart when I look around and see how many people are missing it....not just at this time of the year but in everyday life.

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts! I echo them.

    ReplyDelete
  21. Good point! I must admit it is easy for me to get sidetracked for all the wants for me and my family--I try to remember the true reason for the season, and look for ways to be in the giving spirit not only during this season, but as a daily part of life. After all--we've been given the most incredible gift of Grace!

    ReplyDelete
  22. Amen! We don't have a television in our house, but stay pretty up to date on things via our internet connection. It's nice to keep tabs on what's happening in the world without the commercials pounding me over the head with what I "need".

    Three years ago I had the brand new SUV, the posh life in the nicest suburb in our area, the shoe collection always growing thanks to Zappos, more clothes than two closets could hold, weekly shopping sprees, a nice paycheck, etc. But then I got married, moved to a new country, and gave it all up for a husband who loves Jesus and me incredibly, an old VW that runs most of the time, thrift stores run by Mennonites, a fledgling wilderness ministry, and a free ticket out of the rat race. While I don't know the latest color OPI has out this season, and my curling iron feels abandoned, I'm one happy woman. Geez, even my self-esteem and my opinion on my hips is healthier now that I'm away from media telling me what I "need" and what I should look or be like. It's awesomely freeing!

    What's even better is that our holiday celebrations have become more precious and meaningful than ever, which is funny to me since I have to create everything without the benefit of a paycheck of my own.

    I never would have imagined that this would be possible to say. Sometimes it is hard not having money, but most of the time it forces me to be creative and use ingenuity that makes life very fun indeed.

    ReplyDelete
  23. Okay,I never say "Amen." Except if I am, like, at church. But it was my first thought here. Now after posting and then reading comments, how funny we all think alike.
    Amen! javascript:void(0)
    Publish Your Comment

    ReplyDelete
  24. I am not a really big fan of Oprah to begin with for reasons such as these. It's sad to see the greed of people, instead of the real stuff that makes up life.

    ReplyDelete
  25. steph i can find away to talk to u directly soo i just started a ew blog check it out if u wanna link to it feel free im more than happy to link to u tell me what ut hink its new i will be doing posts daily on moms and mom related stuff...http://mob-moms-unite.blogspot.com/

    ReplyDelete
  26. Oh, I can't watch that episode either anymore. It drives me crazy.

    A few years back SNL did a skit that parodied her whole "favorite things" show that was quite hilarious and I think of that every time!

    And you're right, let's fav our things that do REALLY matter! : )

    ReplyDelete
  27. AMEN! I amdoing a Beth Moore study on Daniel and it talks about how easily distracted we are by EXCESS and we have to purposely vaccinate ourselves against getting too caught up in worldly things. I stopped watching Oprah about a year ago once she really went off the deep end and was doing the whole "A New Erth" or whatever thing - it is like she started a church or something!

    ReplyDelete
  28. Working in the third world and watching five year olds that weigh 18 pound die of malnutrition --- then even hearing about this HORRID annual tradition on Oprah's show -- makes me feel sick.

    What vast prosperity should do is feed and clothe children --- NOT give away copious amounts of over the top shit to people who DO NOT NEED IT.

    I am angry.

    ReplyDelete
  29. And yes, some missionaries don't wear bonnets and say the word "shit" when it is required to get a point across. UGH to Oprah and people who scream and jump up and down about material items. Barf.

    ReplyDelete

Your comment is gonna totally make my day!

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...