Wednesday, December 14, 2005

REFLECTIONS FROM THE SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS Part 2


THE LEGEND OF "SATAN CLAUS" NEVER REALLY WENT OVER TOO WELL
Stopping Christmas! But HOW?
Then he got an idea! An awful idea!
THE GRINCH GOT A WONDERFUL, AWFUL IDEA!
"I know just what to do!" The Grinch Laughed in his throat.And he made a quick Santy Claus hat and a coat.And he chuckled, and clucked, "What a great Grinchy trick!" With this coat and this hat, I'll look just like Saint Nick!"
"All I need is a reindeer..." The Grinch looked around. But since reindeer are scarce, there was none to be found. Did that stop the old Grinch...? No! The Grinch simply said,"If I can't find a reindeer, I'll make one instead!"So he called his dog Max.
Then he took some red thread And he tied a big horn on top of his head. THEN He loaded some bags And some old empty sacksOn a ramshakle sleigh And he hitched up old Max. Then the Grinch said, "Giddyap!" And the sleigh started down Toward the homes where the Whos Lay a-snooze in their town. All their windows were dark. Quiet snow filled the air. All the Whos were all dreaming sweet dreams without care When he came to the first house in the square. "This is stop number one," The old Grinchy Claus hissed And he climbed to the roof, empty bags in his fist. Then he slid down the chimney. A rather tight pinch. But if Santa could do it, then so could the Grinch. He got stuck only once, for a moment or two. Then he stuck his head out of the fireplace flue Where the little Who stockings all hung in a row."These stockings," he grinned, "are the first things to go!" Then he slithered and slunk, with a smile most unpleasant,Around the whole room, and he took every present!Pop guns! And bicycles! Roller skates! Drums!Checkerboards! Tricycles! Popcorn! And plums! And he stuffed them in bags. Then the Grinch, very nimbly, Stuffed all the bags, one by one, up the chimney!
Then he slunk to the icebox. He took the Whos' feast! He took the Who-pudding! He took the roast beast! He cleaned out that icebox as quick as a flash. Why, that Grinch even took their last can of Who-hash!
Then he stuffed all the food up the chimney with glee. "And NOW!" grinned the Grinch, "I will stuff up the tree!" And the Grinch grabbed the tree, and he started to shove When he heard a small sound like the coo of a dove. He turned around fast, and he saw a small Who! Little Cindy-Lou Who, who was not more than two. The Grinch had been caught by this little Who daughter Who'd got out of bed for a cup of cold water. She stared at the Grinch and said, "Santy Claus, why,"Why are you taking our Christmas tree? WHY?" But, you know, that old Grinch was so smart and so slick He thought up a lie, and he thought it up quick!"Why, my sweet little tot," the fake Santy Claus lied,"There's a light on this tree that won't light on one side."So I'm taking it home to my workshop, my dear."I'll fix it up there. Then I'll bring it back here." And his fib fooled the child. Then he patted her headAnd he got her a drink and he sent he to bed. And when Cindy-Lou Who went to bed with her cup, HE went to the chimney and stuffed the tree up! Then the last thing he took Was the log for their fire. Then he went up the chimney himself, the old liar. On their walls he left nothing but hooks, and some wire. And the one speck of food The he left in the house Was a crumb that was even too small for a mouse.
Then He did the same thing To the other Whos' houses Leaving crumbs Much too small For the other Whos' mouses!
So where is Santa Claus? Where is Santa when bad things happen? Why did Santa allow this to happen? Why Santa, Why?
So, it is possible for someone to stop Christmas by stealing it? Stealing every little bit of it!

2 comments:

Highlander said...

I has been a very long time since I last saw the Grich (movie, cartoon, or book), but I seem to remember that Christmas came anyway.

Just make sure no one steals your Christmas

cmh53 said...

I personally believe that Christmas really is about relationships: our relationship with God and our relationships with others. It ought to be a holiday of reverance and love.
However, it is very easy to become cynical about what Christmas has become in our current culture. I actually told a bunch of my friends that I wasn't going to buy presents for anyone because it's such a hassle and for me, signing my name on a bunch of xmas cards is a pain in the neck and the cards are thrown out anyway and presents are forgotten. But after reflecting for a little while I realized what a crappy attitude this actually is, because Christmas is a time where we can express Christ's love for others somewhat more freely (I think this echoes some previous comments from Dec 11). I think my biggest struggle is that I just don't feel like Christmas, and I just don't feel very loving. Yet if God is love, and God dwells within me, then love is in me, and I have the potential to change, although my emotions won't necessarily be supporting me. One thing I have learned in this life is that I often have to act first and wait for my feelings to follow. So here I plunge into the Christmas spirit!