Christmas is right around the corner, and many adults are starting to quietly panic/celebrate. After all, Christmas is practically synonyms with presents. Children are trying to be good, and parents are buying presents, food, drinks, and trying to stay sane.
All this to say what?
It’s easy to become a little grouchy, shall we say?
Okay, who loves Doctor Seuss? I loved his rhymes, his stories, and the wonderful illustrations that went along with them.
One of his most popular books, The Grinch who stole Christmas, has some valuable insights, even if it’s a children’s book.
Find joy in everything.
Love the unlovable.
Remember that it’s not all about the gifts. (Or singing…)
In A Christmas Carol, Ebeneezer Scrooge is a Grinch too. After being visited by the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future, he turns into a gentler, kinder old man.
The ghosts show him different scenes from his past, the present, and the future. He realizes that money isn’t what it is all about, and realizes that he can help his employee and is full of goodwill towards everyone.
But first, he has to go through some old memories and scenes from his hypothetical future. After the ghost of Christmas Future shows him his grave, with no mourners, he cries that he will change. He anonymously sends a prize turkey to his employee and gives him a raise, realizing that money isn’t that important. He had to go through the harrowing experience of seeing the future first, however.
The point is, sometimes, things don’t go as you want them to go. Sometimes, you have to find joy in the midst of that. Sometimes, other things cloud your vision of what Christmas is really about. And unlike The Grinch who Stole Christmas, it isn’t about love or presents or just being happy for the sake of being happy.
The true meaning of Christmas rested in a cradle, long ago. The true meaning of Christmas didn’t come so we could give presents to one another.
This season, let’s remember the real reason for why we celebrate.
Not on whether or not you got that fancy dress you wanted, or that new thangyabob, but let’s remember that a child was born to us, a savior who would ultimately die for us.
Let’s remember to be grateful for what we have, for those around us, and the One who died for us.
Isaiah 9:6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.