Tis the season for Christmas movies, Fa la la la la, la la la la!
One of the more off-centre Christmas movies, based on a Dr Seuss children's rhyme, is 'How the Grinch Stole Christmas'. While not my choice of Christmas movies, I fulfilled my dad duty and watched it with my kids the other night, who seemed way more entertained by Jim Carrey's antics than I did. However, it wasn't until the end of the movie that I really appreciated the deeper message of Dr Seuss' rhyme.
Was singing! Without any presents at all!He HADN'T stopped Christmas from coming!IT CAME!Somehow or other, it came just the same!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 three hours, `till his puzzler was sore.Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before!"Maybe Christmas," he thought, "doesn't come from a store.
"Maybe Christmas...perhaps...means a little bit more!"
Secularism has stolen the miracle of the Christ Child and replaced it with the magic of Kris Kringle. Consumerism has stolen the gift of the Christ Child and replaced it with a credit card. Yet, neither of them have stolen the Spirit of Christmas, because the Christ Child is God with us through the continued presence of the Spirit of God, who cannot be replaced or bought!
Christmas indeed "means a little bit more" than the "packages, boxes and bags" and cannot be stolen from the hearts of those where the Christ Child resides.