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How The Grinches Are Trying To Steal Christmas

Dr. Seuss: How The Grinch Stole Christmas!

Dr. Seuss: How The Grinch Stole Christmas! (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Christmas is definitely my most favorite time of the year.  Hands down.  No competition.  The sounds, the smell, the smiles. The new-found tolerance by shoppers of each other, saying sorry and excuse me and wishing you a merry Christmas… I love it!

As good as Christmas sounds, scoffers, or should we call them Grinches?  are trying to quell and contain Christmas.  Those who don’t believe in the ‘reason for the season’ argue that it is wrong of Christians to use Christmas just for themselves and their Jesus.  These grinches petition to have Christmas be called ‘Holiday’ to make it all inclusive.   The only problem is that Christmas wasn’t just invented as a holiday, it marks the birth of the One who came to earth to save all mankind.  So wanting to have the day set aside to celebrate this momentous occasion, changed to just being a holiday is like someone telling you that they can’t celebrate their birthday anymore.  Sorry, but some people who don’t believe in birthdays are getting really upset so we want you to call it something else.  Maybe Borning Day or Homecoming?   See how ridiculous it sounds?

Other wannabe Grinches who believe in God, kinda, argues with good foundation and research that Christ could not have been born on December 25th.  So we should not celebrate his birth.  Well until they could tell me without a doubt which day is the right day, December 25th is as good as any.   Think of this scenario.  You adopt a kid who was abandoned without anyone knowing their actual birthday.  As the new parent, of course you chose a day to commemorate the child’s birth, as close as you could.  Depending on their age, you might use the adoption date as the birthday.  Now because this day is not the actual day, does it take away from the meaning?  Do you think the kid would be any less excited should he realize that all the happy people celebrating his party were really recognizing the wrong day of his birth?  Of course not!  At least I don’t think so.  Just like it doesn’t matter that I was born on a Saturday yet celebrate on different days every year.

The true meaning of Christmas is peace, love and hope for the world.  At this time every year, I feel the hope in the air.  I feel the love in the driver who waves at me and let me cut in.  The strangers who wish me a Merry Christmas.  I feel peace.  Do you really want to steal that?  So the point is not the day, but what it means and what it creates,even if you are not a believer.  Because of one day, the world has hope.  Because of one day, it is a better place, even if just for a brief time. And that is the true meaning of Christmas.

Don’t be a party pooper! Merry Christmas!

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