A Different Christmas – A Lesson from the Grinch

grinch-movie-copy“And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice-cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled ’till his puzzler was sore. 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.”

“Christmas Eve will find me, where the love light gleams, I’ll be home for Christmas if only in my dreams.” Bing Crosby

christmas-mantle-copyThe days are racing. Usually, this time of year it would be my count down to Christmas. It would be putting the candles in the windows, and putting up the tree, picking gifts, baking cookies, wrapping presents, placing Santas I’ve collected on the table, stockings on the mantle and a big Santa in front of the fireplace, a manger set, lights everywhere, while carols play on the stereo, I am a Christmas junkie!  While I wrapped the presents I had carefully selected, I would watch A Christmas Carol, It’s a Wonderful Life, White Christmas, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

I wait all year for Christmas…and Doug runs around and says, “Bah Humbug” and worries that the real meaning of the season is easy to lose in the paper and the bows. We always seem to find perfect balance between us, each equally overboard in our own way.

christmas-tree-copyThis year there are lots of boxes, but no ribbons. This year it is sorting and taking lots of things that used to be important to the Habitat for Humanity  Restore…hoping they can be just the right thing for a different person, and packing the things we will keep to take to our new home.

Yesterday, at last, we got a “present,” our moving date, December 15th when the moving van will load up our boxes in Edenton, and then arrive at our new home to unpack on the 16th. The marathon of the following week will be to finish cleaning the Edenton house and set up what we can at Shady Stroll Lane.

You see, one week after we move, Doug will have surgery. He will spend Christmas Eve in ICU and Christmas in the hospital. The best present of all will be that we think  the surgery will let Doug truly enjoy his life in retirement.panorama-of-christmas-copy

So, Christmas will be different this year.

“It will arrive without ribbons. We won’t have any bows,
no wreaths, no lights, no presents to show.                                                                                   No star topped tree with a village below.                                                                          Christmas will come as quiet as snow.

Christmas will be different this year.

There’ll be no stockings to hang,                                                                                                      No big celebration, no great large whiz-bang.                                                                               No bells to jingle, no gong to clang,                                                                                               Just beds to set up, and curtains to hang,

Christmas will be different this year.

But if we had no bed, no place to stay,                                                                                               A stable our home, a manger with hay,                                                                                             A star overhead would still shine till the day,                                                                              And the song of the angels would still have its way.

As silent as snow, peace would drift through the door,                                                          Good will would still find us and show how at its core                                                   Christmas is not having wrapped gifts galore,                                                                                In fact, Christmas could never be bought in a store.

Hearts always grow larger this time of year,                                                                                   As we stand hand in hand with those we hold dear,                                                                   For the shepherds and angels draw ever so near,                                                                       And tenderly fill them full of good cheer.

Christmas never changes, not for you or for me.                                                             Christmas is family, not what’s under the tree,                                                               Christmas comes from sharing love, I know that you see,                                                      Love is the true Christmas gift and always will be.

It will be a different Christmas this year, but will still be same                                               The child always faithful who knows us by name.


About joanneeddy

Writer living in North Carolina. Originally from upstate New York. I love my family, my community, and my friends, and embrace 'living deliberately' in the world, trying to make a difference. I have written an as yet unpublished book, The Call, an epic fantasy with historical fiction and folklore elements. My blog is for other writers, for those who love a good read, and for all who, like me, are looking to find and live their call.
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23 Responses to A Different Christmas – A Lesson from the Grinch

  1. thejuicenut says:

    What a lovely post and I am so pleased you will be in your new home before Christmas and it will be ready for your husband to come to and recuperate. I wish you both health and peace this Christmas. 🎄

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  2. thejuicenut says:

    Reblogged this on pearsnotparsnipsdotcom and commented:
    Here is another thoughtful and positive post about the real meaning of Christmas from a fellow blogger who always has just the right word on any given topic. Do take a look, you will leave pondering and all the wiser for the visit.

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  3. Good luck with your move and with your husband’s surgery. May the peace of Christmas be upon you…

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Clive says:

    A lovely post, Jo. Wishing you and Bill lots of luck with your move and unpacking, and a speedy recovery for Bill.

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  5. Clive says:

    Heaven knows what made me call Doug “Bill!” So sorry, but the good wishes are still there for him!

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  6. Allene says:

    The best Christmas present for all will be when Doug is well! Blessings to you for all you do for your family and everyone else. We were all so fortunate
    To have such a devoted pastor’s wife
    in Edenton. Like most Moms, you’re the glue that holds everything together.
    Miss you!

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  7. Bernadette says:

    Wishing you and Doug the peace that only the Creator can provide. I will hold you both in my heart and prayers that the new year brings many blessings.

    Liked by 3 people

  8. What a beautiful post, Joanne. This really touched me. I hope you have the best Christmas ever – a successful surgery for Doug and the promise of years together in a happy healthy retirement. ❤

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  9. Michaela says:

    Awesome post!! Praying for you and Doug for your move and for successful surgery with no complications! God is and will be with you.

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  10. And this Christmas everyone’s heart will be with you and Doug. Warm hugs as you adjust to all of the changes on your way to new adventures. Love, Clare

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  11. Bernadette says:

    Jo, this Wednesday will mark 52 weeks of the Senior Salon. Thanks for coming along for the ride.

    Liked by 1 person

    • joanneeddy says:

      Thank you , Bernadette, for hosting us. I have met some wonderful people and found some fantastic blog because of Senior Salon. I honestly value my chance to participate with such caring, eclectic, and interesting people. Jo

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