5 Things That Make A Grinch Like Christmas

5 Things That Make A Grinch Like Christmas


It seems like just yesterday, the holiday ads began streaming across television screens, smartphones, tablets, and computer screens. We heard about the blowout sales on Black Friday and every subsequent "Biggest Sale of the Year." Now it's after Christmas and the hustle and bustle have quieted while Christmas lights still glimmer in the night light.

Since becoming an adult I have not been a huge fan of the holidays. It's too much hype, too many people buying unnecessary, cheesy items, and too many things being valued and people devalued. Although I purchased gifts for coworkers, my closest family members and a couple friends, seeing all of the gluttony and superficial wonder has made me a bit of a grinch. However, in the past few weeks, I have become grateful for the intangible things in my life. The things that are unexpected and carry so much weight in the human experience.

For me, there are five things that can make a grinch love the holidays.

1. Getting to know people better.

Whether it's at work, school, church, or another organization, you have the opportunity to spend quality time with people that you may not have otherwise. If there is a gift exchange, that can reveal facts about the person like their love of reading, photography, or baking. The holidays gives us space to open up and be accepted with warmth and love. No one wants to give or get coal in their stockings.

2. An acceptable reason to overeat.

Ugly sweater parties, brunches, dinners, parties. There is food almost everywhere during the holidays. And it's impolite not to eat it. Sally made cookies? Eat them! Eggnog making contest? Go, drink! Being conservative on the sweets and starches throughout the year is highly commendable. But during the holidays, relax a bit and indulge. No need to be an uptight grinch. Be merry!

3. Helping others.

As one of the fortunate people on this earth, I have noticed how far the smallest gesture can go. For those who do not have, opening your home, heart, and resources means everything. Some people do no have many family or close friends. So the time spent is extremely valuable. Also, raising money and donating to worthy and charitable causes can be the only thing that makes Christmas possible for families. If it were you, you'd want help. Give a little.

4. Appreciating the past.

I remember opening up the latest barbie dolls, Disney themed toys, and pretty clothes as a kid. My brother and I had great Christmases. Waking up early, running downstairs in PJs just to spend maybe 10 minutes ripping the wrapping paper clean off the gifts. It was great. It was the 90s. And I'm so happy to have those memories. They will forever be close to me so long my mind is capable of retrieving them. When I hear people complaining and being ungrateful, I revisit those times and become even more appreciative of what I have.

5. Family.

My paternal grandmother is 98. Yep, she's had 98 Christmases. Many do not see half of that. My brother was born on Christmas. He is my mother's first child, perhaps her greatest gift after believing she would never birth her own children. Some years are very low key, just a few friends, some family. Others are more lively. Either way, the time spent with family, all seated on the comfy leather couch in front of the TV, or at the dinner table is priceless. The words exchanged, the hugs, kisses, smiles. It's honestly the reason for the season. How could you not want that?

I'm slowly coming around on Christmas. I still see it mainly as a day off. But every now and then, I think of these things and my spirit lights up a little.

Cover Image Credit: Karin Yearwood

Popular Right Now

College As Told By Junie B. Jones

A tribute to the beloved author Barbara Parks.

The Junie B. Jones series was a big part of my childhood. They were the first chapter books I ever read. On car trips, my mother would entertain my sister and me by purchasing a new Junie B. Jones book and reading it to us. My favorite part about the books then, and still, are how funny they are. Junie B. takes things very literally, and her (mis)adventures are hilarious. A lot of children's authors tend to write for children and parents in their books to keep the attention of both parties. Barbara Park, the author of the Junie B. Jones series, did just that. This is why many things Junie B. said in Kindergarten could be applied to her experiences in college, as shown here.

When Junie B. introduces herself hundreds of times during orientation week:

“My name is Junie B. Jones. The B stands for Beatrice. Except I don't like Beatrice. I just like B and that's all." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 1)

When she goes to her first college career fair:

"Yeah, only guess what? I never even heard of that dumb word careers before. And so I won't know what the heck we're talking about." (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 2)

When she thinks people in class are gossiping about her:

“They whispered to each other for a real long time. Also, they kept looking at me. And they wouldn't even stop." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When someone asks her about the library:

“It's where the books are. And guess what? Books are my very favorite things in the whole world!" (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 27)

When she doesn't know what she's eating at the caf:

“I peeked inside the bread. I stared and stared for a real long time. 'Cause I didn't actually recognize the meat, that's why. Finally, I ate it anyway. It was tasty...whatever it was." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When she gets bored during class:

“I drew a sausage patty on my arm. Only that wasn't even an assignment." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 18)

When she considers dropping out:

“Maybe someday I will just be the Boss of Cookies instead!" (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 76)

When her friends invite her to the lake for Labor Day:

“GOOD NEWS! I CAN COME TO THE LAKE WITH YOU, I BELIEVE!" (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 17)

When her professor never enters grades on time:

“I rolled my eyes way up to the sky." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 38)

When her friends won't stop poking her on Facebook:

“Do not poke me one more time, and I mean it." (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 7)

When she finds out she got a bad test grade:

“Then my eyes got a little bit wet. I wasn't crying, though." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 17)

When she isn't allowed to have a pet on campus but really wants one:


When she has to walk across campus in the dark:

“There's no such thing as monsters. There's no such thing as monsters." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 12)

When her boyfriend breaks her heart:

“I am a bachelorette. A bachelorette is when your boyfriend named Ricardo dumps you at recess. Only I wasn't actually expecting that terrible trouble." (Junie B. Jones Is (almost) a Flower Girl, p. 1)

When she paints her first canvas:

"And painting is the funnest thing I love!" (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 61)

When her sorority takes stacked pictures:

“The biggie kids stand in the back. And the shortie kids stand in the front. I am a shortie kid. Only that is nothing to be ashamed of." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 7)

When she's had enough of the caf's food:

“Want to bake a lemon pie? A lemon pie would be fun, don't you think?" (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed p. 34)

When she forgets about an exam:

“Speechless is when your mouth can't speech." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 54)

When she finds out she has enough credits to graduate:

“A DIPLOMA! A DIPLOMA! I WILL LOVE A DIPLOMA!" (Junie B. Jones is a Graduation Girl p. 6)

When she gets home from college:

"IT'S ME! IT'S JUNIE B. JONES! I'M HOME FROM MY SCHOOL!" (Junie B. Jones and some Sneaky Peaky Spying p. 20)

Cover Image Credit: OrderOfBooks

Related Content

Connect with a generation
of new voices.

We are students, thinkers, influencers, and communities sharing our ideas with the world. Join our platform to create and discover content that actually matters to you.

Learn more Start Creating

I'm Keeping My Christmas Tree Up All Winter And There's Nothing You Can Do About It

It's the WINTER Season... ;-)


I think that my tree would not be considered Christmas-y if the ornaments are taken off and the lights are kept on. I think to just looks wintry. I am also keeping up decorations that say "let it snow", and I am keeping up any snowman without holly berries or presents in their hands.

The tree looks wintry in my opinion. It looks pretty with the lights and brings the room together. It gives off a warm ambiance, unlike that of fluorescent lighting.

I've taken all ornaments off except for gold snowflakes and I've left the silver tinsel garland on as well as the lights. It looks wintry to me still. I will probably be taking the whole tree down by the end of this month to prepare for Valentine's Day decorating. (Yes, I pretty much decorate my apartment for every holiday—sue me).

There's nothing like coming downstairs and seeing those lights sparkling.

Or coming inside from a dreary, rainy day outside and seeing them light up the room in a calm, warm, and comforting glow.

Or having a bad day, looking up, and seeing them shine.

It sort of makes me upset when I come downstairs and see that someone has unplugged them, to be honest.

I guess they don't see it as I do.

Pretty, twinkling lights forever!

Related Content

Facebook Comments