Now everyone knows the story of The Grinch Who Stole Christmas. That story was written by the gifted writer and artist, Dr. Seuss in 1957! It hit television in 1966 and has been on the screen every year since then. Another classic story of a simple truth about us. The activities involved in preparing for the holiday season can sometimes drain you. (Unless you never get stressed or exacberated by that particular relative, then this article is not for you.) But, if you're like most, you actually get to a point where you cannot wait for Christmas Day and get it crossed off the list.
Not only do you still have to do your daily work, take care of personal responsibilities; but now you have to get gifts and prepare for guests or prepare to travel to various destinations. So much to do with so little time! Let's not even talk about the money. It is easy to add to the list and get overwhelmed. Or, if you do not have an agenda or destination, it is very easy to dwell on past memories and let sadness reside in the mind. The Grinch was lonely. He didn't know how to connect to other people and let that overtake his mindset. As we all know, he learned that it was not the gifts that really mattered. It was the connection and unity with others that made a difference. This epiphany made it possible for his heart to open to receive and give love. Simple. It is best to keep most things that way.
So, if you find the Grinch in you starting to emerge, take a moment to understand why and make the changes to bring a smile to it's face. You do not have to make the best dinner. You do not have to get everything on the eternal list. Give from the heart and all will fall into place as it should. Do not be afraid to change tradition if it enables you to enjoy what is most important...time with those you love. It should be fun...not a chore. Get back to the philosophy of keeping things simple. You might even realize that the Grinch is really your mind (ego) trying to overshadow the best part of you...the heart.
As you recall from the story, the whole town united on Christmas Day. So, if you have circumstances that prevent you from having family or friends to spend the day with, use it as an opportunity to be there for someone else. There are so many places to visit and be a friend to a stranger. You just might make a new friend. Senior citizens, homeless facilities or a hospital are just a few examples of places to go and open your heart to. Like the Grinch discovered, letting your heart open up to others just might be the best thing you ever did this season.
Remember the truth of the words of the story at the end as everyone is linked hand in hand around the tree:
"Welcome, Christmas, bring your cheer. Cheer to all Whos far and near. Christmas Day is in our grasp so long as we have hands to clasp. Christmas Day will always be just as long as we have we. Welcome Christmas while we stand, heart to heart and hand in hand."
Have a peaceful holiday....