If I have any conflict with Christmas, it surrounds ads and messages of unity and putting aside differences. Let me explain.

First of all, watch this. It’s a very well-done ad with a powerful message, one that carries implications that reach far beyond this portrayal of war. Christian and Muslim, gay and straight, pro-life and pro-choice – all of these differences-turned-divisions could draw inspiration from these sorts of Christmas messages.

However, that’s my conflict, my frustration. These sorts of messages come up at Christmas, but are practically non-existent January through November. Why? It’s like we get all gooey inside at Christmas, spreading inspirational ideas of unity and love. And then by the second week of January, we’re angry that we couldn’t keep a “resolution” for more than 14 days and so we pick up our swords and go back to sharing our ridiculous, divisive opinions and tearing people down on Facebook. It’s like our society feels compelled to be nice once month a year.

Is it because Christmas is associated with Jesus, a man who leaked grace and forgiveness and love? If so, how in the world have we come to emulate Jesus only in December? Does it have nothing to do with that? I wish I knew.

Here’s what I want this Christmas. I want to be mature enough to chase these ideas May, and September. I want to draw my motivation to love others despite our differences from somewhere other than the companies with clever advertising teams. If I’ll get back to reading the Bible every day and studying the life of Jesus, these ads won’t be a reminder to be nice come next December, they’ll be an extension of what I’ve been learning for the last 11 months.

What do you think?

Dale Partridge recently shared this video with those of us enrolled in his year long program, StartupCamp. I think it’s a fascinating perspective on millennials and how technology has altered our social abilities. Although I’m technically a millennial, I’m slightly ahead of the time curve since Facebook didn’t come out until I was already in college. Still, this video challenged me in a lot of ways. Well worth the watch!