On this Christmas day, I just couldn’t help but think of the Grinch as my post inspiration. Yes….that Grinch. The one who stole Christmas and all that. Funny, I actually had on a Grinch shirt earlier because it’s so comfy and sorta Christmas related.
Anyhow, the quote from the movie where the Grinch turns his attitude around, sees the good in people and recognizes a holiday about “stuff” is not meant to be about “stuff” at all. It’s the people and spirit, community and faith and something bigger than presents wrapped nearly under the tree.
Though we arrive at this same 25th day of December every year, it felt like it snuck up, seemingly out of nowhere this time around. This year was different and unexpected from normal. Plans changed last minute and understandably so, my family was not all going to be together on this day. Doesn’t happen often so that meant adjusting plans. Christmas was hosted at my home and my boyfriend and I were joined by my dad the past few days to celebrate together.
We had a blast hanging out and watching hours of Family Guy and documentaries on sports history and boxers like Mike Tyson, none of which would get much screen time at his house. I understand the Tyson thing as ‘off the rails’ barely scratches the surface. We went bowling, dad took his first Uber ride and used Chicago public transit for the first time since the 80s lol. (I’m the city child of the three girls.) We picked a Christmas dinner menu, shopped for hours (bought too many sweets) and all cooked together.
We missed the bigger fam circle that normally exists on holidays but we made great fun, the three of us. The tree wasn’t overwhelmed by gifts this year which is the direction we have moved towards the last few years and I welcome it. Though we were each given really thoughtful amazing things this year by our family members who flew to the East Coast for the holiday. Good for them to escape the Chicago cold a few days.
Anyhow, today Christmas was simple and humble and perfect.
It could have been any day and that’s what I loved most about it. We didn’t create much hoopla and it was just right. As I get older I have great reminders of what matters.
I have friends who don’t celebrate Christmas for religious or other personal reasons and I encourage them the same as I do anyone….celebrate the people you love, the spirit of community, faith in a bigger, more important reason for holidays than stores closed or a day off work. I think family values and focus on what truly matters will usher in the magic people feel around the holidays, into the more gray parts sprinkled into the rest of the year.
I love seeing photos of friends and families celebrating. I wish I saw it more often throughout the year but I’m glad for a time that brings people together like the major holidays at the wrap of each year. It’s already been scheduled, can’t be ignored or forgotten for the most part.
I hope I don’t sound grinch-y like I’m against presents or people sharing what they got or gave. Not at all! Do that then turn off the flash and go be with those people you love. And remember…
“…Maybe Christmas doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas…(*He thought*) …means a little bit more.”
I wish you love and peace during the holiday season and on this Christmas day. This time of year is fun for some and hell for others, so be kind to all.