Because we’ve had a relatively green winter so far, it hasn’t really felt like Christmas. In Buffalo, we’re used to having to drive through blizzards at almost any time of year, particularly in December, so this has felt odd, to say the least. Mind you, my heating bill is wonderful, but the holiday’s not the same. My perspective was rekindled, however, when DF and I caught the animated “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” on TV a few nights ago. It has become one of my all-time favorite holiday specials—once I got over being terrified of the Grinch when I was little—and it sends a wonderful message. I truly do believe that “Christmas is within our grasp/as long as we have hands to clasp” and “Christmas Day will always be/just as long as we have we”. I think that’s true of any holiday in any religion at any time of year. We tend to forget it in the rush of Cyber Mondays and last minute holiday sales. As long as we’re with someone we love, it’s enough to celebrate.
Thus even though the holidays are frantic and, for me, involve rushing around from house to house and family member to family member, I will try my hardest to remember that I’m doing all of this rushing and moving to be with those I love and who love me.
P.S. Did you know that the man who sings the “You’re a mean one, Mr. Grinch” is the same man who voiced Tony the Tiger?