One of my favorite Holiday traditions is the Dr. Suess tale of How the Grinch Stole Christmas. As a child the day was determined in advance via a thorough reading of little magazine TV guide. For 30 minutes, Mom would know Peace on Earth while 5 kids ceased their arguing over what to watch.
When I got older and lived on my own I developed a degree of cynicism and wondered about the similarity in the eyes of Cindyloo Who and the Grinch and surmised that she was his illegitimate daughter...but my 20 something cynicism would evaporate when the Grinch's heart grew 3 times.
Thankfully I, like most young people got over that awful stage embraced the sweetness of the Whos and Max the dog.
As the 2011 season begins unfolding I have been receiving messages reminding me that Christmas is a celebration of the birth of Jesus (although it not celebrated in July when historians suspect Christ was actually born but near the time when non-Christians used to celebrate the winter solstice) and that I should not wish people Happy Holidays, or Seasons Greeting but I MUST as a christian, albeit extremely lapsed catholic christian, NOT conform to political correctness. Yadda yadda yadda, this Christ in Christmas thing has been going on for a few years now. I go to church for weddings and funerals these days....not even the holy holidays of Christmas and Easter are enough to lure me away from a barbecue or 10 course meal. In honesty I call myself christian because none of the other boxes apply.
On top of the responsibility of keeping Christ in Christmas I am now being reminded that due to the economic problems I must fuel the economy and forgo any issues that I might have about the commercialism of Christmas and Shop Shop Shop. But I must shop with a patriotic conscience. No products made in China and I must not leave the country and go (actually sneak) across the border looking for bargains in Buffalo.
Tomorrow the Santa Clause parade will run through downtown and Santa will set up in the Eaton Centre, what most people consider to be the kickoff to the Christmas season. This year when I watch How the Grinch Stole Christmas I have a feeling I will be looking at that cave at the top of Mount Crumpet far away from all of the silliness of telling people how to keep the holiday, excuse me "Christmas" with envy.
Whether the celebration is of a holiday, a season, or of Christmas I just wish that it could be a time for everybody to have time with loved ones and indulge in whatever brings them joy.
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