My favorite part of the classic holiday storybook "How the Grinch Stole Christmas!" is near the very end when the Grinch is baffled by the Who's singing after he has stolen their presents and roast beast.
And he puzzled three hours, till his puzzler was sore.
Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before.
"Maybe Christmas," he thought, "doesn't come from a store."
"Maybe Christmas perhaps means a little bit more!"
Every year at Christmas I wrestle with a more mentality. As a naturally selfish human being I always want more.
While at the same time I also want so much more than that...
- Time with the family
- Opportunities to make a difference
- Joy and peace in the world
- Smiling faces no longer in fear
After his 3-hour puzzle, I think the Grinch came to the right conclusion.
Christmas doesn't come from a store.
Christmas means just a little bit more.
Christmas means more than lots of presents and tons of delicious food. Christmas is a time to remember the joy we have because a little baby boy, Jesus Christ, was born in a stable.
The true spirit of Christmas is sharing that joy with others through love and compassion.
This holiday season has reminded me of how I should be treating people with grace, patience and compassion the rest of the year. December shouldn't be the only month I'm giving.
One of the most innate human desires is to matter -- to make a difference in the life of someone else in such a way that we are not forgotten.
This Christmas I would like to invite you to do "a little bit more" and share joy so that someone's heart just might grow 3 sizes (much like the Grinch).
They also have an apparel shop where you can buy clothes and a percentage of the purchase price is donated to combat global poverty and injustice. I bought an awesome hoodie a few weeks ago and it's very comfortable. Every time I wear it I'm reminded of the little way I was able to make a real difference and I'm inspired to do a lot more.
The true spirit of Christmas isn't getting more stuff. It's doing more stuff that matters.
Make a real difference today. You'll never regret it.
What does the "true spirit of Christmas" mean to you?
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