Christmas was a holiday we celebrated year-round and especially went all out for in December. Our home was decorated to the nines in glorious Christmas regalia, the smell of baked goods and holiday snacks filled the house, and the fire was always ablaze. I can remember baking Christmas cookies with Dad, watching my brother (Jordan) play Santa in full on Santa garb, Mom sneakily wrapping all of our gifts when she thought we weren’t watching, and me singing Christmas carols all throughout the house….non stop. To put it mildly, we celebrated Christmas with full out explosive garland and Hallmark ornaments.
Like I have said before, I have this fantasized version of my childhood home in my head, as most do, when it comes to the Christmas season and I can’t help but imagine our home nestled right into the valley the Whos called Who-ville. When I watched the animated and live action versions of Dr. Suess’ beloved How The Grinch Stole Christmas those memories flooded my mind and couldn’t help but share a bit of it with you today. The only difference in me and the Whos of Who-ville was simply this….I knew the meaning behind Christmas and didn’t mind sharing it.
As a kid I knew several of my peers who didn’t understand the true meaning of the holiday, that God himself gave us the greatest gift ever given when he gave us Jesus. They were a lot like Cindy Lou Who from the live-action version of the holiday favorite. Some I knew were even like the Grinch, hoarding all negativity and garbage with great pride. Even then, I knew I wanted to proclaim the true meaning of Christmas to those around me, Jesus. I knew I wanted to open the door for someone around me to know Jesus and to have their heart filled with the joy he brings; to have their heart grow a whole three sizes.
With that being said, be sure to share Jesus with those around you this December and every day of the year. Don’t be a Who hoarding the true meaning, tell the curious Cindy Lou Who and the holiday Grinch in your life the true meaning of Christmas can be found in Jesus. Let them know that Christmas still comes “without packages, boxes or bags”. Share with them the Christmas story from Luke in your everyday life and maybe then you’ll witness something you haven’t witnessed before. Maybe you will see the process of a Christmas Grinch receiving the greatest Christmas gift of all.
“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!”
And what happened then…?
Well…in Who-ville they say
That the Grinch’s small heart
Grew three sizes that day!
And the minute his heart didn’t feel quite so tight,”
- DR. SUESS