It’s that time of year again where we draw a line in the sand. One side embodies the spirit of Christmas and the other side – my side – is home to The Grinch!

Let’s face it. It’s a lot more fun being the Grinch than Santa Clause. The Grinch gets to wear a lime green suit and a furry red hat, is not required to smile or be happy all the time, or pretend to like people, or be a must-show at holiday office parties, and best of all – no shopping!

Merriam-Webster defines “Grinchy” as “a grumpy person who spoils the pleasures of others.” That is the trait that true Grinches live by and enforce because the holiday is nothing but a commercial venture. We have barely taken down our Halloween decorations and put our kids Marvel costumes back in their boxes, when the stores are putting candy canes, wreaths, and wrapping paper on the shelves. Why must Christmas begin in October rather than in the month of December where the holiday is actually celebrated?

“Maybe Christmas (he thought) doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas perhaps means a little bit more”. (The Grinch).

As a self proclaimed “Grinch,” I wonder the same thing as Dr. Seuss’ character. The spirit of the holiday is lost each year in the spending, mall invasions and finding the perfect gift. At some point it seems like maybe we should stand together with family and just exchange money. The Grinch says “That’s what it’s all about? Gifts, gifts, gifts. You wanna know what happens to all your gifts? They come to me in the garbage!”

Each year I start the holiday season deciding I am not going to be The Grinch. Certainly there must be more meaning behind the celebration “this” year especially after 2020 COVID and being apart from friends and family. Where does a Grinch find inspiration?

Living in Coronado seems to always provide an answer for me. I look out my window and see neighbors helping one another hang lights, people at the grocery store carrying heavy items to a person’s car, community giving programs, and just hearing people say “Happy holidays,” and asking genuinely what they have planned. This is the part where the Grinch’s heart grows three sizes.

“It came without ribbons, it came without tags. It came without packages, boxes, or bag”. (The Grinch).

As a Grinch you see the true meaning of the holiday season when we come together as a community and care for one another without the unbridled commotion of all the hustle and bustle.

Cindy Lou Who said “No one should be alone at Christmas.” In Dr. Seuss’ Christmas tale she made everyone realize that even someone like the Grinch needs love and compassion. I witness that same spirit in Coronado all the time. We have had a trying two years and remembering those that need our love and a helping hand is what Christmas is all about.

Thank you to our frontline workers, volunteers, clergy and anyone that keeps the true meaning of Christmas alive and turns a Grinch into Santa Claus.

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