Benedict Cumberbatch Says Christmas And Materialism Has ‘Gone Mad’

Benedict Cumberbatch

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Benedict Cumberbatch is one of my favorite British actors, so of course I’m going to agree with anything he has to say. And while some of his comments have been quite controversial in the past, I will say that he is spot on when it comes to Christmas, kids and the materialism we see today.

The new celebrity father says that Santa Claus and Christmas represents “materialism gone mad” while encouraging parents to spend a little more time with their children rather than buying them toys they’ll end up discarding in only a matter of short time.

Here’s what he wrote in his letter to Santa:

This is what I’d like to ask you to help with. A little more time for children to be children. Stretch the moment of magic and playfulness. Distract them from the realities of a world gone mad so that they can laugh with their breath rather than sob with their tears. Especially those caring for family members, or suffering illness, hunger or poverty. Especially those hiding in buildings as bombs rain down, or being handed shaking with fear or cold into a boat to escape environmental disaster or war. Please help to light up their worlds with a moment of joy and hope.

Now we get our own presents, control our own fates, take responsibility for our own actions, and live in the world we have created… so it’s not for us to turn around and plead for your help with the environment, the migrant crisis, the NHS, education, food banks, human rights, fundamentalism and wars. Though God knows we need all the help we can get with all these man-made problems and more. You are for the children. Children who need some magic in a world where the borders between innocence and responsibility, playful imagination and cold, adult obstacles are continually shrinking.

I feel a little sorry for you. And I guess I’ve done exactly what I said I wouldn’t … Asked you to help with adult problems and solve some of the greatest worries we have for our children. I promise to leave some extra port and mince pies for you!

You can’t help but agree with the man, right? Tell us Hot Moms, what are your Christmas and holiday shopping plans this year? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.



Source via The Daily Mail


Joanna has been following the world of entertainment and celebrities since '05, having served as the Editor-in-Chief of Celebrity News Service and as a personal assistant for one of the original James Bond screenwriters, producer Kevin McClory during her days in Ireland. These days she’s a mother, warrior, celebrity writer and Disney dreamer. And she eats a lot of peanut butter M&Ms, as well.

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