Twelve Days of Christmas Flash Mobs: Charity
Thursday's flash mob was brought to Culture Monster's attention by way of a suggestion on the Drop of Golden Sun installment by a reader named Kevin.
The mob takes place at the Westfield Connecticut Post shopping mall in Milford, about 60 miles north of New York City.
What caught our eye was the reflective nature of this flash mob. There's something almost balletic about their movements that we find rather beguiling.
Even though the performers aren't selling something, they defintely have something to advertise -- people don't generally dance in formation in public without an agenda. It's just an uncommercial message.
In case you didn't catch it, each gift at the end contained a certificate for $25 to be given to the recipient's charity of choice.
The intention is pure, if tinged by irony: Better to give a gift of charity than something bought in the mall where they are dancing.
Giving to charity on behalf of a loved one is becoming increasingly popular but is a choice fraught with complications. Miss Manners is certainly not a fan when it's done without the recipient's consent.
Culture Monster will continue to give in our own way -- check back Friday for our 12th flash mob.
-- Marcia Adair