The Grinch has no love for anyone but himself so his heart is empty.

“I wouldn’t touch you with a Thirty-nine and a half foot pole. You’re a 3 decker sauerkraut and toadstool sandwich with arsenic sauce!”

On the outskirts of Whoville lives a green, revenge-seeking Grinch who plans to ruin Christmas for all of the citizens of the town.

The film version centers on the Grinch. A misanthropic green creature who lives in a cave on nearby Mount Crumpit and despises the celebrations. In this live-action movie adaptation of the beloved children’s tale by Dr. Seuss, the reclusive green Grinch decides to ruin Christmas for the cheery citizens of Whoville

How this treasured Christmas story came to be…

All stories have a beginning and the beginning is not the first words on the page.

The beginning starts in the author’s mind.  A tiny view on the window of something bigger.

Some have made a connection between the character of the Grinch and Dr. Seuss.

Dr Seuss said himself,

“I was brushing my teeth on the morning of the 26th of last December when I noticed a very Grinch-ish countenance in the mirror. It was Seuss! So, I wrote about my sour friend, the Grinch, to see if I could rediscover something about Christmas that obviously I’d lost.”

Who better to capture the true nature of a Grinch than someone who  is lost.

Since the book was written, the word “grinch” has entered the popular lexicon as an informal noun, defined as a “killjoy” or a “spoilsport”

(I have known a few killjoys in my life.)

What jumped out at me was the phrase “The need to rediscover something about Christmas that obviously I’d lost.”

Or for some maybe never had…

My journey on this blog starts by looking around at Christmases past.

Christmases Past

There definitely can be stress and sadness at Christmas for some, but that does not make them a Grinch. Its something else, something much deeper.

If we look at the character of the Grinch in Dr. Suess’ story The Grinch has an Aggressive Personality — characterized by dominating and controlling others. The Grinch demonstrates this personality trait by trying to control the Whos by taking away their Christmas. He also tries to control Max by making him into a reindeer.

So basically, zapping peoples joy and controlling behaviour is an underlying behaviour of a Grinch. This can be at Christmas or every other day before and after.

Why would anyone want to do that?

Evil or Disturbed or Misguided?

Something to think about…

When someone is unkind or hurtful in their actions, chances are they do not mean to be that way. Somehow their heart was broken. There is always something deeper causing them to react in certain ways.

Warning signs…

Being irritable, grumpy and seeking social isolation are also hallmarks of depression. This could explain the Grinch’s disdain for the Who – the tall and the small – his mistreatment of his dog Max and, ultimately, why he tried to stop Christmas from coming.

As the saying goes ‘misery loves company’.

Stress and anxiety caused by relatives, shopping, cooking, lack of quality sleep, and more during the holiday season can cause anyone to definitely feel a little grinchy. This can be short lived and not a life long impediment

Why am I analyzing this?

Christmas was a bit off this year for me. I was always Mrs. Christmas, all out with decorations, presents and a Christmas Feast Christmas Eve. Slowly things have changed to having a tree and a few lights and living on an island far far away.

How did I sink to such a lowly level? Can I blame others around me that infiltrated my spirit with their grinchy ways? People that didn’t believe in Santa, thought decorating was bothersome, and buying presents a waste of money?

Real Grinches don’t just come out at Christmas they can steal your merriment all year round. Its usually all about them and getting their own way.  It could be co-workers, friends, or family. You can find Grinches standing in line at the super market. Little tell tale signs show up that make a simple situation stressful.

Do You have these 5 things in Common with the Grinch?

  1. You hold grudges.
  2. You feel unaccepted and that no one likes you.
  3. You try to sabotage situations when things don’t go your way.
  4. You belittle those who have it “easier” than you.
  5. You put on a cold exterior to “protect yourself” from being hurt.

Basically you …Stink, Stank, Stunk

Does this sound familiar?

What we can learn from this Dr. Seuss Christmas Tale.

“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 tags.”

So, if Christmas is not Santa, presents, decorating and the feast of the beast it should not matter how others litter the landscape of your Christmas or memories from Christmases past.

The Spirit of Christmas is in your heart. It can be in your heart all year long. Christmas can be what you want it to be. Nobody can take that away from you.

The Spirit of Christmas is Love

Man versus self is depicted at the end of the story when the Grinch puzzles over the Whos’ happiness despite his stealing Christmas. His hatred toward Christmas changes when he realizes that it is much more than presents.

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

– Grinch

Who was the real Grinch this Christmas?

So at the end of the season, I realized I was the Grinch this Christmas. All the bells and whistles of Christmas’s past was not what Christmas is. Christmas can be ever changing but what stays the same is what lives in your heart.

“Christmas isn’t just a day, it’s a frame of mind.”

– Kris Kringle
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