Are you a Grinch or a Griswold?

I have a confession to make – I tend to relate more to the Grinch than the Griswolds. I am thankful that Jesus was born but Christmas today doesn’t always remember to keep Jesus at the center. I don’t like Christmas parties or decorations and I do not like Christmas music or movies, with very few exceptions (Home Alone or the Grinch anyone?)

 

Despite being Grinch-like, I’m surrounded by Griswold type people. The ones who decorate their tree on Thanksgiving and have their cards out by December 1st. The ones who have Christmas accessories and wear them…and not as a joke.  I’m sure you know one too, and if you don’t then it’s probably you!

My Grinchy-self would say that 2016 has been the toughest year to date. It has been filled with medical emergencies, the death of my youngest brother, and dreams put on hold. It’s been a struggle, but it’s also been filled with so many blessings. Miracles, new friendships, an amazing church, spiritual growth, and lots of family bonding.

Most things are a mix of good and bad.  Life is more grey than black and white, so I challenged myself to look at Christmas in a different light. To put aside all the reasons I didn’t like the season and focus on the things that I do like about it. I love hearing about Jesus’ birth. I love people being a little kinder to each other. I love Christmas teas at my church. I love people being more generous and giving to the poor. I love the beautiful lights on houses and the food. I am all about some good food!

Christmas isn’t about the commercialism or the gifts or the sales or even the good. It’s not the family drama but about the hope that Jesus Christ brought to us when He was born to Mary. Christmas is a reminder of the gift God gave us and an example of how we should be every day of the year. We should be expressing His love and showing His generosity 365 days a year.

So whether you’re a Grinch or a Griswold, remember that the Christmas season is about Jesus and it’s supposed to last all year long. Let me know what your thoughts are and whether you’re more of a Grinch or a Griswold! ❤

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