“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!
The joy that we give to others is the joy that we receive back. Even though I know this, it is sometimes easier to give my moaning and groaning to the world freely instead of my joy. I was recently walking through a store, I have 2 daughters and this happens regularly, and I overheard some women discussing how awful it was that there was Christmas music playing and it wasn’t even Thanksgiving. While I can admit that I have expressed my share of groaning and complaining about the seasons overlapping, I am thankful for the joy that comes with the season. On a side note, I do think my trick-or-treaters would give me funny looks if I gave them Christmas tree brownies on Halloween.
I love the music of the season that reminds us to be thankful and to act with generosity. Christmas music can help us to remember the good that is in our hearts. For me, music brings out the emotions of joy and peace during this time of year. It unlocks the memories of standing around my Grandmother’s kitchen and sampling the food that was being prepped for all of us. I am thankful for the memories. I am thankful for the love that I can see in people’s faces and in their actions. So, in many ways, I experience Thanksgiving in the expression of Christmas.
I know that we have the habit of thinking that we can only have fireworks on the 4th of July and New Year’s, heart shaped candy on Valentine’s, turkey and football at Thanksgiving, and Christmas music after Thanksgiving. I say, we should embrace the things that bring joy to the world and flood our minds and hearts with happy memories. I say, we should allow our hearts to be warmed and our lips to curl up in a smile. We should carol when we can, even if it is before Thanksgiving.
What brings joy to your days? Why would you want to reserve those things only for certain occasions? I think that the Grinch that hides inside of us will find him or herself happier when looking for the things that bring joy to us (our Grinch included) and others. Whether you want to fly a kite, stand around the kitchen, or sing a song, I say do it.
Go out and single Jingle Bells as loud as you can while driving home. Play your Bing Crosby Christmas album or whatever your style may be. And remember, even the Grinch found out that Christmas doesn’t come from a store……it perhaps means a little bit more!
Jody is a writer, motivational speaker, consultant, and entrepreneur. He has been the keynote speaker at over 250 events around the world. Jody speaks more than 150 times per year at different programs, and he has given more than 10,000 speeches during his career.