Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas!

Hello Optimists,

Merry Christmas! Ah, the holiday is finally upon us. There are so many things I think of around this time of year, so many memories and traditions that will forever have a place in my heart. One of the things I like to do to get into the "holiday spirit" is to watch Christmas know, the classics, like A Christmas Story, Elf, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, and of course, it wouldn't be Christmas unless my dad watches It's a Wonderful Life. But there's one more in particular that I look forward to every year. Maybe it's because his rhymes and rhythms have been a part of my life since I was little...and probably a part of yours too. Of course I'm talking about Dr. Seuss- and today especially, the tale of How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

Not only are Dr. Seuss's stories fun to read, they also have a great message behind them. And I can guarantee that you will be seeing man more quotes from his books in the future. When the newest version of the Grinch came out, I instantly fell in love with it. Maybe it's the cute little Who's living in Whoville, or the wonderfully animated Jim Carrey that brought the character to life that draws me back year after year. But behind all of the costumes and whimsical sets, I love the story that Dr. Seuss brings to light about the true meaning of Christmas. So today, instead of just using one single line from the story, I thought I would include a bit more for your entertainment.

"And the Grinch with his Grinch feet- ice cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons. It came without bags. It came without packages, boxes, or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled 'til his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store. What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more." -Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas

So whether you're five years old or seventy-five years old, this story never loses its true message. In the tale of the holiday-hating Grinch, we learn that what brings him comfort and joy, if you will, is not the material nature of Christmas...not the gifts, bags, or ribbons, but the spirit, warmth, and love he feels from his neighbors and friends. This is where he finds the true meaning of Christmas. So today, celebrate the holiday with your friends and family with cookies and candy and gifts, but don't forget that even the Grinch was touched by what lies beneath all of the shiny paper and bows. I think it's time to take a minute to recognize who and what we have to be grateful for in our lives and be happy that we are  all here to celebrate together.

I will leave you today with one more little selection from the story to keep in mind this holiday season:
Welcome, Christmas, bring your cheer. Cheer to all Whos far and near. Christmas Day is in our grasp so long as we have hands to clasp. Christmas Day will be so long as we have we. Welcome Christmas while we stand, heart to heart and hand to hand. 
 I wish you all a wonderful Christmas and holiday.

Keep Smiling,
Optimal Optimist

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