All I have to do to face this Grinch is look in the mirror. I knew that there was trouble the other night when I watched How the Grinch Stole Christmas with Mr. Husband and agreed with the Grinch. All the buzzles and bangles, ting tangles and cartoongles, the glitzes and proppringles, and the ho ho ho hingles. The slingles and slappings, and comercializapings.
But I really do love Christmas. Perhaps for me it’s more of an interior celebration. It also harkens back to my days as a practicing Catholic. Christmas is not one day but a season that starts on Christmas Eve and lasts until the Epiphany in January. All of this Christmas industry hoopla, that starts on Black Friday (the day after Thanksgiving) and rapidly escalates into an all-out commercial shopping frenzy Armageddon, is like screeching chalk on the blackboard of my soul.
So yesterday I decided to be an emissary of peace and finally went out shopping. I took my time to just enjoy being out and about, if the traffic is heavy, so what? Everywhere I went I looked people and in eye, smiled and said “Merry Christmas.” It’s amazing the instant gratification this brings. When I said it to a sales clerk their face softened and they smiled and returned my greetings.
I watched other people as they shopped. At the register they were already on the phone planning their next acquisition and never even looked at the person behind the counter. The clerk may as well been a mannequin.
After wandering around the mall for a couple of hours I reconnected to that feeling that it is in other people we can find joy if we’re looking for it. A smile, a kind word, holding the door for someone with arms full of packages. It really is a fountain of wonder if you chose to perceive it this way.
Peace on earth and good will to all men is the meaning of Christmas. No one can take this from me. I just let it slip away. But, I’m taking it back and keeping it safe in my heart where it belongs. Hug your partner, tell them that you love them and tickle your kids. I wish all of you out there the blessings, love and peace of this holiday season.