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Thursday, December 21, 2006

How the Grinch could do us all a favor

I finished up all my gift shopping yesterday and although I still have a few crafty gifts to finish up, I've managed to not spaz about presents this year. But I must confess, my house is a mess, I still have Christmas cards to mail and no, I didn't make Christmas cookies today. Plus, the baby keeps pulling the glass ornaments off the tree and then laughs at me when I try to correct her. So I might have been a bit of a Grinch today. In that vain, I picked up 'How the Grinch Stole Christmas' by Dr. Seus (the actual book, not one of the movies) and read it to my children in an effort to show them I wasn't really in that bad a mood. Something about the story struck me (being the deep thinker that I am);
"He HADN'T stopped Christmas from coming!
Somehow or other, it came just the same!
And the Grinch, with his grinch-feet ice-cold in the snow,
Stood puzzling and puzzling:"How could it be so?
"It came without ribbons! It came without tags!
"It came without packages, boxes or bags!"
And he puzzled three hours, 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.!"

Do we get this? If we all woke up on Christmas morning and everything Christmas-related in our house was gone, would we celebrate Christmas or would we worry about how we were going to get out presents back? Would we visit with our neighbors and sing or would we cry and wring our hands over all the money we lost and how our whole holiday season was ruined? Even as we try to focus on Advent and avoid the secular 'Holiday Season' how much of our time is focused on gift giving? I know when I even suggest to family or friends not to by me a gift, they get upset, like I'm ruining the season for them. Do we derive our joy from giving gifts or from receiving our Savior? Perhaps in another year or two (or maybe when the kids are out of the house) we'll try a gift less Christmas, where the only present we anticipate is the presence of Christ in the manager.