Sunday, December 20, 2009

Lessons from Dr. Seuss

One of my favourite things about Christmas is the movie specials that come on our 4 t.v. channels (aka peasant vision). My top 3 would have to be:

(1) White Christmas,
(2) Muppet Christmas Carol, and
(3) How the Grinch Stole Christmas (the old version...not the newer version with Jim Carrey).

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 and puzzled 'till his puzzler was sore.
Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before.
What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store?
What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more?

I think Dr. Seuss got something right in penning this story. It's easy to get caught up in the busyness of Christmas (sales, presents, parties) that we forget what it's truly about. I'm not talking about the 'spirit' of the season/holidays. I'm talking about 2000 years ago...Jesus came as a baby to this earth...he was born to die for us so we could have a relationship with God. That is something to celebrate!

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