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A modern parable, How the Grinch Stole Christmas

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One of the most beloved and well known Christmas specials is Dr. Seuss', How the Grinch Stole Christmas. The book for those who don't know is about the Grinch, a creature of some ill repute who lives in a mountain cave high above the town of Whoville. The Grinch is quite a grouchy odd fellow and doesn't seem to like anything especially the people of the town of Whoville, and especially at Christmastime.

It's once a year, on Christmas Day that the people of Whoville gather around, by the Christmas Tree in the square and they sing. The sound is offensive to the who, because he doesn't find anything joyful. One year he decides to do something about it, he sneaks into town and steals everything, that has anything to do with Christmas. Surely, he thinks if all the trimmings of Christmas are gone then no one will sing, no one will have the heart to celebrate.

In the end, of course the exact opposite happens, the town of Whoville, even Cindy Lou Who, comes out to the square and they start to sing. The Grinch is puzzled. He took all their presents, all their trees and he thought all the joy of Christmas along with them.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas is a parable of sorts for the modern world. The Grinch thought he could steal away Christmas from Whoville by taking away all the trappings of Christmas. The Grinch was wrong. The Grinch, like a majority of the people today have taken the world's view of Christmas, not God's view of Christmas.

What the Grinch found out on Christmas Day was that even if you take away all the trappings, Christmas will still come, because Christmas is a celebration of the day, the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth (John1:14).

And the reason He came.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life (John 3:16)



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