The Grinch, Christmas, and All Things In Between

Let’s face it, the holidays are nothing shy of BUSY. From cookie exchanges, to lines at stores, to tree decorating, the whole month of December gets WILD.

Over the past few weeks, I’ve done a lot of babysitting. Babysitting in the month of December means A TON of Christmas movies.

Therefore, let’s just say that your girl has seen the movie, How the Grinch Stole Christmas about 74 times.

I wish I was being dramatic, but I’m not.

When the sweetest little one asks you to watch Jim Carrey steal from Whoville once again, you do it.

ALRIGHTY, back to the point.

As I’ve been exposed to the one who hates Christmas time and time again, I am brought back to the reminder that Christmas is not about the presents time and time again.

When I was a lil’ kid, I used to remind myself of that, but really, I was still screeching in excitement to see what presents would await me as I scurried towards the tree.

As a now 21 year old, the lesson has had time to steep for a bit and life has changed a whole lot.

The past 21 years have been filled to the brim with lessons about who Christ is and this has 100% changed what Christmas is for me.

Coming to know Christ completely flipped this holiday all around and I am so grateful for that.

The reason…

Christ being born.

This is the reason we celebrate.

We don’t celebrate because we made it another year.

We don’t celebrate because we bought the best gift for our friend.

We celebrate because Christ was born.

Though the holidays are likely difficult for quite a few people, this truth remains the same.

This holiday exists because Christ was born.

Even if you are feeling trapped in the consumerism of the westernized culture, you can stick to the truth that Christ was born and that He is enough.

Even if you are in a painful season of grief and hurt, Christ was born and is in the business of redeeming people and healing broken hearts.

Even if our schedules suddenly cleared up for all of December and we had no glamorous events to attend, Christ would still be enough.

Even if we didn’t wake up to a single present underneath the tree, Christ would still be enough.

Even if we woke up with nothing at all on Christmas day because some green Dr. Suess character stole our holiday, Christ would still be enough.

Here’s to opening our hearts to a season filled with Christ this Christmas.

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If this season is filled with grief, my heart is with you.

I am sending you all my love and prayers.

Shannon HaupertComment