2013-12-20 / Columnists

Slice Of Life

Tis The Season To Share (Or Not)
by Beth Hanning
By Beth Hanning

According to Merriam Webster’s dictionary Social Media is defined as forms of electronic communication (as Web sites for social networking and micro blogging) through which users create online communities to share information, ideas, personal messages and other content (such as videos). So sharing information is in the definition, but how much or what information should we all be sharing? And what are they referring to “other content”?

With Christmas coming next week I thought I would give my “Emily Postish” opinion on what to share and what not to share during the holiday season.


1. Christmas pictures with Santa. I love seeing the children sitting with Santa in their Sunday best and I am a bit of a sadist because I love when they are crying while sitting on Santa’s lap. They will be okay and they will not be scarred. The only memory I have from screaming on Santa’s lap is the Polaroid inside the cardboard holder that my mother had in a photo album.

2. Engagement Photos: Many people will be getting engaged this holiday season. The new in-thing is to hire a photographer to capture the actual proposal. My rule: one and done. I will love seeing the photo of you and your new ring, but do not overdo it. You can have 10 different photos in your home in a photo album.

3. Christmas Trees: Usually I would be against the tree post, but I know many Rockawayites did not have trees last year and many of us lost all of our decorations and a lot of items are new. So post away. Let us see how much of a decorator you are and how original your tree looks. My tree will be a tree on a budget.


1. Food pictures. I love to eat. My mother in-law says I should be a giant with everything I eat. For the life of me I cannot imagine taking the time to snap a picture of my meal before I eat. To me that is too time consuming and interferes with the enjoyment of my meal. Unless you are a food critic, food photographer or chef do not share pictures of your culinary expertise.

2. The pricey gifts you purchased or received. This is a rule that I think differs with age. If you are a teenager and you received something expensive post away. However, if you are an adult and are posting a new car or a pricey gadget you purchased for your children it seems a bit arrogant. Note on number 3 above: I think the tree picture is appropriate but not the tree with an exorbitant amount of gifts. Again, seems a bit boastful. Since I am an English teacher you may post pictures of the books you are giving and receiving, even if it is an expensive first edition of Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird (hint intended for family members.)

Merry Christmas to all of my readers.

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