When it comes to holidays, Halloween and Thanksgiving reign supreme in my books. Free candy! Fun costumes! Stuffing yourself silly until you pass out! So when it comes to Christmas, I’m somewhat of a scrooge. It’s not that Christmas has been bad to me…I’ve had plenty of great Christmas mornings growing up, but I feel like Christmas as an adult becomes a different ballpark. And I feel like anyone who’s worked retail or customer service around this time of year knows that the holiday season tends to bring out the WORST in people. THE. WORST. Stir in having to hear Christmas music on loop for 10 hours a day, and well, it’s enough to turn anyone into a Grinch.
The biggest Christmas grump of them all. Maybe adding some holiday cheer will make things better?
No? Gosh you’re a mean one, Mr. Grinch!
The thing that I LOVE about “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” is how towards the end, even after the mean ol’ Grinch took everything Christmas-related away from the Whos down in Whoville, they still came out and sang with glee like nothing happened. To which the Grinch said:
“How could it be so?
It came without ribbons! It came without tags!
It came without packages, boxes, or bags!”
And he puzzled and puzzed, till his puzzler was sore.
Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before!
“Maybe Christmas,” he thought, “doesn’t come from a store.
Maybe Christmas… perhaps… means a little bit more.”
Because Christmas ISN’T about the frantic shopping, the ridiculous “see how much more money you can spend than your neighbors” light displays, the songs that get incessantly drummed into your head, the parents shouting at their kids to smile for the camera while they’re crying uncontrollably in Santa’s lap – it’s about being with those you love and sharing a time of kindness and goodwill that frankly, should be happening every day of the year. And sometimes it takes a movie like How The Grinch Stole Christmas to reaffirm to real-life Grinches like me that amidst all the commercial craziness, no, Christmas doesn’t come from a store, and yes, it really does mean much, much more. Spend time with the ones you love, be kind to strangers in the street…celebrate until your heart grows 3 sizes too big. From a real-life Grinch, wherever you are, and whoever you’re with, may you all have a very merry Christmas!