“All the Whos down in Whoville liked Christmas a lot,
but the Grinch, who lived just north of Whoville, did not.
The Grinch hated Christmas – the whole Christmas season.
Oh, please don’t ask why, no one quite knows the reason.
It could be, perhaps, that his shoes were too tight.
Or maybe his head wasn’t screwed on just right.
But I think that the best reason of all
may have been that his heart was two sizes too small.”
As that time for making resolutions and realizing hopes draws nearer the one thing I am SURE of is that SOMETHING needs to change. I am determined to do the work on my end, practical and magical, to bring about those changes. I have been enjoying my 'grinchy' moments this year, they have been teaching me about all things I want to change in my life, causing me to expand in ways I've been resisting through out the past year. This year my favorite Christmas story is about the 'Grinch' I can relate to so much of his story. I don't believe his heart was really too small, he just hit a cross-road where his soul needed to expand in healing, loving, peaceful ways for the benefit of all. Himself included. I like him because he is 'authentic' he feels what he feels and doesn't keep it a secret. Wow, I'm actually learning a few lessons from my 'Grinchy friend!'
I am enjoying the sparkling of the season this year, but in a gentler, softer way then others. I feel no rush to get anything done and am just poking along singing my own song. This weekend my community kicks off the Christmas Season with their annual Dickens festival..a major accomplishment for a community of 1200 souls. Every year someone donates a large Evergreen from their yard or farm. The town crew men set it up at the end of mainstreet all strung out with lights. Tonight there will be a lighted parade down main, followed by the lighting of the Christmas tree. Late night shopping and sales for those of us interested in some merry and a good deal. The local play group will put on Dickens plays and musicals. Everywhere I look people are dressed up in Dickens period costumes. High teas, pubs, art displays, carolers from the different churchs will all come out to sing their way down mainstreet for the next two days. All the local farmers have hitched up their horses and bells and have allready started giving out free carriage rides to locals and the many visitors that flock here for the festival. I have watched the carriages going by my front window many times allready, and it does warm my heart. I can allready smell the different food booths that have been set up on main, cinnammon, spices, hot chocolates, tempting me to take a stroll out.
This is the first Christmas Season that I have not participated in any way with the planning of the festivities. I have sat on the Dickens board, decorated main street, organized craft sales, caroled with the carolers up and down main...the works. This may sound 'Grinchy' but its not. I learned to say 'NO' just like the grinch, not because I don't care or want to help, but because I feel the need to hibernate and heal this season. And like the Grinch I feel no guilt about it at all! I feel a peaceful serenity, knowing all things will and have come together for the good of all concerned. My old time skirt, cap and cape have been taken out of storage and cleaned; waiting for me to dress up and participate, become Victorian, get lost in the magic of the time, the slower pace, the peace of a simpler Christmas time; one just filled with the simplicity of music, peace and love. I will dress up later when my son gets home and we will head down to the Festivities, have some old-fashioned food, watch the parade, the lighting of the tree...listen to the music and wind the evening off with a carriage ride. I am expecting it is here like the Grinch, I will find other Who's with hands to clasp...hand to hand, and heart to heart. You're a Wise One Mr Grinch!
"Welcome, Christmas, bring your cheer.
Cheer to all Whos far and near.
Christmas Day is in our grasp
so long as we have hands to clasp.
Christmas Day will always be
just as long as we have we.
Welcome Christmas while we stand,
heart to heart and hand in hand”
~Sarah~basking in the 'Grinchy' moment ~growing moment~