Hey, Grinch, Merry Christmas!

It was on this date in 1966 that the Grinch first appeared. The one who stole Christmas.

Of course, he didn’t succeed. And he wasn’t the first one to try. Nor the last.

Somebody is always trying to steal or squelch or spoil Christmas–for example, the folks who think it is about presents or shopping or eating or drinking and forget it is about Jesus and love and hope and joy and peace.

If you’re not feeling at least a little peace now, you may be missing Christmas. Or if joy is missing in your life, you may miss Christmas entirely.

Christmas is a time of giving away what you have in the greatest abundance: the essential goodness that is in you. Share it with everyone, even, or maybe especially, with those you don’t like very much–that’s the Christmas Spirit.

Some Christian folks get upset because people say, “Happy Holidays!” rather than “Merry Christmas!” I don’t really care, as long as the Christmas Spirit is coming through the words. The problem is not the “wrong” words but the absence of the spirit.

Of course, Grinches never succeed in stealing Christmas. But we can let it get away from us.