A Charlotte, North Carolina church’s humorous take on gratitude has become a viral hit!

Rebecca Angel Baer
November 17, 2017
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It’s finally here! The holiday season is upon us. This is a very busy time of year and can be very stressful. Planning your holiday menus, preparing your home for guests, and oh, all of the shopping for gifts­...it can be overwhelming. All of this seasonal stress can also overshadow a very important sentiment—gratitude.

The folks at Forest Hill Church in Charlotte, North Carolina, came up with a creative and humorous way to remind us all to be grateful for the gifts we already have in our lives.

The video begins with a man, wrapped head to toe in Christmas paper, ripping the paper off his face and joyfully shouting, “I’m alive!” We then see that his wife and kids are gift wrapped as well. The man proceeds through what would appear to be his normal morning routine, only every thing is gift wrapped—from the kitchen faucet to his shoes, even his morning cup of coffee—and he’s really excited about all of it.

The video ends with the statement “This Christmas, may you be grateful for all the gifts around you!” It’s a simple message but a pretty good reminder that we should all slow down and take stock of all we have to be thankful for, even amidst holiday time chaos.

The video has recently gone viral with over six million views and counting. It’s clear to see that many people relate to this universal idea.

Check out the video below:

 

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Southern Living spoke with Elise Fraser, Communications Specialist for Forest Hill Church and she told us the origin of their holiday video.

“Last Christmas season, we spent time brainstorming what it looks like to live a life of gratitude. We came to the conclusion that living a life of gratitude starts with a posture of thankfulness. Our hope was to shift our thinking and recognize the blessings all around,” Fraser said.

The video truly struck a chord with many, many people and while that wasn’t the original purpose, Fraser told us that they are thrilled with the attention.

“Initially when we crafted this video, we were hoping to encourage our congregation, but this has become a tool to empower our congregation to share gratitude and hope beyond our walls.”

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Stacy Martin, Director of Communications, also shared her thoughts on the church’s unexpected spotlight moment via email.

“We are excited this video struck a chord with people all over the world. It can be hard to remember all that we have to be thankful for—including waking up in the morning, our jobs, clean water, even coffee. Our hope was to create a piece that made people, including us, stop and thank God for all the He gives us each and every day.”