• Barb Mayfield

You can’t steal Christmas

Across time there have been many villains who have attempted to rob us of Christmas. Of course, it all started with King Herod (If you forgot who he was, see the Gospel of Matthew, chapter 2). Since then, many beloved holiday stories and movies have continued this theme. These villains include Scrooge in “A Christmas Carol,” Mr. Potter in “It’s A Wonderful Life,” and Harry and Marv in “Home Alone.”

The epitome of Christmas villains is The Grinch. This classic story, by Dr. Seuss, reminds us that no one can steal Christmas and if there’s ever been a year that we need to remind ourselves of this truth, it is 2020. In case you don’t have the book on your shelf, here’s how the familiar Grinch story ends…

“How the Grinch Stole Christmas” by Dr. Seuss “ …So he paused. And the Grinch put his hand to his ear. And he did hear a sound rising over the snow. It started in low. Then it started to grow. But the sound wasn't sad! Why, this sound sounded merry! It couldn't be so! But it WAS merry! VERY! He stared down at Who-ville! The Grinch popped his eyes! Then he shook! What he saw was a shocking surprise! Every Who down in Who-ville, the tall and the small, Was singing! Without any presents at all! He HADN'T stopped Christmas from coming! IT CAME! 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!”… "

If your Christmas festivities are missing something this year – especially if they are missing loved ones close by – remember that Christmas comes no matter what. No one can steal Christmas. Recall that not only could the Grinch not steal Christmas, he was changed by it…

“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, He whizzed with his load through the bright morning light And he brought back the toys! And the food for the feast! And he…HE HIMSELF…! The Grinch carved the roast beast!”

Be changed by Christmas.

“Christmas will always be as long as we stand heart to heart and hand in hand.” ~ Theodor Geisel aka Dr. Seuss

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