The Grinch hated Christmas. Most of Whoville thought the Grinch was being a jerk, but the Grinch actually had good reasons for his misguided hate.

The Grinch hated that everyone made Christmas all about material possessions. It was all about getting the latest and greatest gadget under the tree (Hello, America). Everyone wanted a toy that they would use only twice, then they would throw it away.

The Grinch, living near the trash dump, saw how all the greatest Christmas became the latest Christmas trash.

That’s what he hated about Christmas.


As you probably know, the Grinch got upset and stole all the presents from everyone in Whoville. He wanted steal what mattered most to people. As expected, everyone flipped out and the Mayor even claimed that the Grinch had ruined Christmas.

The Mayor, then, began to belittle little Cindy, who he blamed for all the mess, and her father stood up and defended her by saying that he was glad the Grinch stole the presence. This “tragedy” revealed to him the true meaning of Christmas.

Listen up, America, because you have Christmas all wrong.

Her father stood next to her and said that he didn’t need anything more for Christmas than his family. The only gift he needed was the gift of family.

This father realized what we should also realize.

Christmas is about the presence of those around the tree, not about the presents you find under the tree.

If you woke up Christmas morning to find all your presents gone due to someone stealing them like the Grinch, would your Christmas be ruined?

Or how about If you didn’t get the latest iPhone, or the newest gaming system, or whatever gadget you really wanted, would your Christmas be ruined?

Far too many people look forward to Christmas for the wrong reasons.

Look forward to laughter, smiles, awkward family photos, instead of battery operated gizmos.

Personally, I just ask for cash for Christmas. People tell me that this makes for a boring Christmas gift and also for a boring Christmas. They claim my Christmas would be more enjoyable, if I had “real” Christmas presents.


My Christmas can’t get any more enjoyable.

These are my nephews.

41551The only gifts I want on Christmas is my loved ones.

 We run around my grandparent’s house playing and laughing all day. Nothing can get better than that. When I hear my nephew Cash (the one on the left) say, “Uncle Jordan”, nothing else matters. All the stress from life evaporates and all I can do is smile. They are true gifts from God.

The Grinch, after he stole all the presents and turned his life around, said:

“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!”

The Grinch is right.

Those gifts you get will become obsolete, but the love you share with loved ones won’t.

Christmas is about being with loved ones.

Jordan Kranda
Follower of Jesus. Husband to Ariel. Master’s of Theology (Greek Track) Graduate. Future Pastor. Present lover of cheese, Blink-182, & watching sports.


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