How The Grinch Stole Your Christmas Spirit

How The Grinch Stole Your Christmas Spirit

Festivities may be nauseating, but you still want to participate.
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Merry Grinchmas! It's the most wonderful time of the year, or at least Andy Williams would believe. With finals week at a close and winter break now in full swing, there is nothing any of us want more than to be home. I know with the holidays approaching most of us are feeling the spirit of Christmas; however, some of us maybe not so much. If you're anything similar to me, you've probably been called the Grinch one or two times.

No, it doesn't mean we don't enjoy the holiday and what it stands for. We love coming back home to see our family and friends but we don't always enjoy listening to Christmas music two months in advance. December always brings two types of people: the Santa's helper and the Grinch.

The question is, which one are you? Here's some ways to determine if you might be more like the grumpy green Grinch this season:


1. The Christmas Music

The love-hate relationship is real. You can't stand hearing it in every store, restaurant, and house you enter, yet you can't help singing along to it anyways.W


2. Winter Clothes

You'll have an entire wardrobe filled of clothes, but somehow there is nothing good enough to wear for the holiday party you're getting ready for that night.


3. Family Drama

Coming home means explaining to your parents why you have zero money and didn't do so well on your finals. It also entails dealing with the cousins or long distance family you can't seem to ever not pick a fight with.


4. Cleaning

If you're the one hosting the family get together, you understand having to wake up at 8 A.M. to start cleaning the entire house. Yes, this involves the outside yard work as well.


5. Making Plans

Going home means making plans to see your parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, and dog (yes the most important one). It's hectic and stressful and sometimes you consider just canceling.


6. The Party

There's no getting out of the Christmas party, don't even try to. So, it's time to suck it up and head on out the door.


7. The Family

You begin missing home more and realize you may not actually want to go back to school. Also, you might run into your old childhood crush. Hey, it happens.


8. Presents

No, this isn't what Christmas is about, but even we get excited to open presents Christmas morning.


9. Food

You know the food is part of the reason you come home. It's okay, we understand it's not easy to resist your grandmother's cooking.


10. Christmas Morning

You will hide your love of Christmas for as long as possible, but eventually you'll admit what we all do: you love Christmas and you can't stand it.


Are you ready to admit you're probably more similar to the Grinch than you realized? Even if you absolutely love Christmas I'm sure you've had a similar experience to AT LEAST ONE of these.

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2. "I'm happiest when I'm floating in the ocean."

3. "May you always have a shell in your pocket, and sand in your toes."

4. "Life is better with palm trees."

5. "Sandy toes. Sun-kissed nose."

6. "Balmy nights, pink sunsets, and salty air."

7. "Talk to the sand."

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11. "The ocean is calling and I must go."

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13. "If it requires a bikini, my answer is yes."

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15. "As free as the ocean..."

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38. "Love you to the beach and back."

39. "Paradise found."

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It's probably the worst time of the year for those of us who love Christmastime. At least in the days immediately following December 25th, it's still socially acceptable to listen to your favorite Christmas carols, keep your Christmas lights plugged in, and enjoy your tree and decorations.

But, sometime after New Years, the day inevitably comes when the celebration of the Christmas season must give way to the next one. Whether you throw your tree out promptly on January 1st, wait for the official changing of the Christian liturgical season at Epiphany (January 6th), or just take everything down when you have time, there's a definite sadness that accompanies the un-decorating process.

First, there's the sheer amount of work involved in taking everything down and packing it away for next year. It takes time and effort to locate every tiny ornament hidden in the boughs of your Christmas tree, tenderly wrap each fragile figurine in a Nativity set, and untangle the many strands of lights that illuminated your yard all December. We spend hours putting everything away, not to mention vacuuming tree needles and glitter off of the rug.

Once everything is safely stored in the basement or garage, of course, it's guaranteed that we'll find one last decoration that we completely forgot about, meaning that we have to somehow make space for it in one of the already-overstuffed boxes of ornaments and tinsel and lights. It can all be pretty overwhelming.

Christmas teardown is also a reminder of just how much stuff we accumulate, and just how little of it we really need or care about. Now is probably a good time to get rid of some of it so that we'll have less to store, put up, and take down next year, but often in our mourning for the ending of the Christmas season, we find it difficult to part with almost anything. We make mental pacts with ourselves not to buy any more decorations next year, but then immediately break our resolutions when we see the cute little nutcracker ornaments on a great sale a week after Christmas, or when all the new decor begins to appear in stores the following October.

And of course, there's the essential fact that putting away Christmas decorations means the ending of one of the most beautiful, festive, and happy times of the entire year. The decorations in the stores and around town gradually disappear, the number of family gatherings and parties on our calendars begins to dwindle, school and work resume as vacations end. Everyone and everything just seems a bit less jolly as the bleak wintry weather of January sets in.

But even in the face of a long winter devoid of Christmas cheer, there's still hope. There's hope for exciting holidays ahead, like sweet, romantic Valentine's Day or joyous Easter Sunday. There's hope for changes in weather, like potential snowfall and the eventual coming of spring, when the earth will finally come back to life in flowers and birds and trees and EVERYTHING. And for those who celebrate the coming of Christ at Christmas, there's the promise that Immanuel, the presence of God With Us, doesn't go away even when we've put away our manger scenes and stopped listening to O Holy Night.

Before we know it, Christmas will be just around the corner once again, and we'll get to enjoy our favorite holiday traditions and celebrations sooner than we think. Even though lovers of Christmas will never not struggle when Christmastime comes to an end, we can take comfort in the fact that the cycle of the seasons continues, bringing so many other things to enjoy until Christmas comes again.

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