You’re a Mean One….

Grinch_with_borderWe all know the familiar story about the Grinch who stole Christmas. In my family, believe it or not, I am known as the Grinch. True story. I have been there, done that and bought the T shirt….or three. Thankfully this, until now, has been just between my family and me.

I don’t know what the reason could be. Perhaps my head is not screwed on just right, my shoes are too tight, or the most likely that my heart is two sizes too small, but this time of year is not necessarily the most enjoyable time of the year for me.

What a mess to haul all the boxes of decorations upstairs so we can decorate just to have to do it all in reverse in a few weeks. I do not enjoy straightening out all the limbs on the tree (yes we have a fake one) as it is so very tedious. My OCD, perfectionist tendency makes getting all the ornaments out and placing them evenly all over the tree a torture session.

UGH!

Then, there is the dreaded “S” word….Shopping. Yuck! I do not like to shop. Or, I should say I don’t mind shopping…for about 2 stores then I am done. I am the “get in, find what you want/need and get outta there” kinda girl. I do not enjoy the wandering around; trying to guess the exact right gift for each person, hoping that they will like it, without breaking the bank to purchase this perfect gift. That goes back to the “I’m not good enough” syndrome of mine (but that is a whole other blog post). The busy, busy, busy drives me bonkers. Please don’t get me started on the Christmas stuff in the stores in July and Christmas music playing before Halloween!

UGH!

All of this combined leaves me rather Grinchy….aka grumpy.

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Thus, earning me the title of “Grinch”.

After all of THAT, you probably won’t believe me, but I am SO not against celebrating Christmas! Don’t go judging me as anti-Christmas. We participate in all of the decorating, gift giving etc., just like anyone else. This semi-Grinchy woman admits that I do enjoy it after all the stockings and decorations are out and all the presents (perfect gift or not) are purchased. It is also so much more fun now that we have a little one around.

(Yes, shameless mention of the granddaughter!)     Evie_with_border

Of course everyone says that Christmas is not about the presents, trees, glitter, or snow. However, it does seem that the focus IS on the presents, trees, glitter, presents, lights, and presents. Jesus’ birth does get mentioned in conjunction with Christmas but almost as a passing thought, even among Christians. Myself included. Too much of the time.

Let’s go back to the story of The Grinch Who Stole Christmas. Mr. Grinch took all of the Who’s stockings, presents, decorations, and feasts. He took the Christmas trees, the ribbons, the wrappings, the tags, the tinsel…….even the last can of Who-hash and the log from the fireplace! The Who’s had NOTHING left of “Christmas” as would be defined by our world/”camp out at Best Buy for days before Black Friday to get a great deal on a huge TV” society. Christmas morning came around and what did he find that the Who’s from Whoville were doing? They were still singing. They were still celebrating.

Who among us would be like the Who’s from Whoville and still sing on Christmas morning if there were no presents, no trees, no candy, no cookies, nor big feasts? Get past the initial “of course I would” and examine yourself. Really? Think real hard about that one. I have to admit that when that question occurred to me, I was taken aback. Within myself, sadly, I had to admit that I don’t know that my singing and celebrating would be quite so joyous. Ouch!

As the story continues, we find some more words that the Grinch had to say:

“Maybe Christmas,” he thought, “doesn’t come from a store.
Maybe Christmas….perhaps…means a little bit more!”

Of course we, especially as Christians, know that Christmas means a little bit more. We know it means a LOT more! We know that in our heads but does it get down into our hearts? For the past few years I have had a favorite Christmas song that sums up what that “Maybe Christmas….Perhaps….means a little bit more” would embody.

It’s not just about the manger
Where the baby lay
It’s not all about the angels
Who sang for him that day
It’s not just about the shepherds
Or the bright and shining star
It’s not all about the wisemen
Who travelled from afar

Chorus:
It’s about the cross
It’s about my sin
It’s about how Jesus came to be born once
So that we could be born again

It’s about the stone
That was rolled away
So that you and I could have real life someday

It’s about the cross
It’s about the cross

Verse 2:

It’s not just about the presents
Underneath the tree
It’s not all about the feeling
That the season brings to me

It’s not just about coming home
To be with those you love
It’s not all about the beauty
In the snow I’m dreaming of

Repeat Chorus

Bridge:

The beginning of the story is wonderful and great
But it’s the ending that can save you and that’s why we celebrate

It’s about the cross
It’s about my sin
It’s about how Jesus came to be born once
So that we could be born again

It’s about God’s love
Nailed to a tree
It’s about every drop of blood that flowed from Him when it should have been me

It’s about the stone
That was rolled away
So that you and I could have real life someday
So that you and I could have real life someday

It’s about the cross
It’s about the cross

So, yes, I am celebrating the beginning- the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ.

Luke 2:10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
Luke 2:11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

Mat 1:21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.
Mat 1:22 Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying,
Mat 1:23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.

But, more so, I am also celebrating the ending…

Philippians 2:7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
Philippians 2:8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

1Corinthians 15:3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
1Corinthians 15:4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

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When the Grinch heard the Who’s singing and he contemplated as to why, his heart grew 3 sizes that day.   

So, kind of like the Grinch, when I contemplate the why of Christmas, my heart can rejoice and truly celebrate the season.

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It’s about the cross
It’s about my sin
It’s about how Jesus came to be born once
So that we could be born again
It’s about God’s love
Nailed to a tree
It’s about every drop of blood that flowed from Him when it should have been me

It’s about the cross

Merry Christmas!
Yvonne

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  • 4 thoughts on “You’re a Mean One….

    1. ThIs post was beautiful Yvonne. I too feel like I’m the grinch and feel like there must be something wrong with me. Every year I try to get in the christmas “spirit”, I now realize the times that I do feel the magic and my heart seems to grow several sizes is when people say the things you have said, and when I heard a post on facebook that I reposted about being thankful. Thank you for your blog. I love you.

      Tammy Paxin

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