Christmas is coming…whether I like it or not.
It’s not that I don’t like Christmas in and of itself. It is indeed a wonderful time of year. People can be nice (sorta) to each other and who doesn’t like to get presents? I would like to say that I hate the commercialism associated with Christmas and all the “Santa” talk…but in reality, it’s not that. It is more of the fact that for all the hard work…the Christmas spirit only lasts a few days.
My wonderful wife is the ultimate Santa Claus kind of person. She loves the holiday, the foods, the decor, the games…and all that goes with it, but she married a Grinch kind of guy. I would rather take the easy way and not deal with all the work to set up the tree, only to have to take it down again in a few weeks. We decorate the house with the same Christmas stuff I lugged up the stairs (only a month or so ago it seems) and I think she has well over 200 rolls of Christmas wrapping paper and don’t even get me started on the bows and bags we have inventoried in our basement / Christmas warehouse.
Usually, we will have our annual Christmas tree argument, about having a real tree vs a fake one. She always wins. But in reality, I’m really glad my grinchiness has not stifled her Santa Claus spirit. It’s wonderful to celebrate the Christmas holiday with family. I always look forward to the time together and the looks on the kid’s faces when they open the gifts. Some years it is a little challenging to find the money for gifts, but we always seem to work it out. I love the resulting feel and celebration because of my wife’s hard work and spirit. As much as I complain about it, I wouldn’t want to have my way…a Grinch Christmas would be really sad.
So, my advice to all the other fellow “Grinch’s”… Let the Santa Claus in you rule the giving portion of heart for the holiday!!! As far as the receiving portion, let the love of Christ and the celebration of His birth (the true meaning of Christmas) rule in your heart. His gift of salvation is FREE…all you have to do is accept Him into your heart and life.
Christmas…it’s coming and there isn’t anything I can do about it.
Truth is…I wouldn’t want to have it any other way.
In the meantime, I will attach a video to my son-in-law’s band, “The Undeserving” and their free version of “You’re a Mean One Mr. Grinch”…enjoy…