One of my favorite Christmas books (and subsequent film) is Dr. Seuss’s How The Grinch Stole Christmas. In this timeless classic, the Grinch, who has a heart that is two sizes too small, decides to prevent Christmas from coming in the village of Who-ville by cleverly stealing all the food, decorations, and gifts as the Whos down in Who-ville slept on Christmas Eve.
After his hard night’s work, the Grinch was eagerly anticipating the disappointment in Who-ville when its residents discovered that Christmas had been stolen. Much to his amazement, Christmas came anyway!
Every Who down in Who-ville, the tall and the small,
Was singing! Without any presents at all!
He HADN’T stopped Christmas from coming!
Somehow or other, it came just the same!
And so it was on that Christmas morning that the Grinch learned that Christmas means more than decorations, more than feasts, more than gifts. And with that knowledge, the Grinch’s heart grew three sizes that day, and he was able to join the Whos in their celebration.
And in 2020, it may seem like the pandemic is trying to steal Christmas. May we remember that Christmas will indeed come, just the same!