15 December 2011

Its Mean, Green, Hates Christmas, and Lives in Us.

Christmas is almost here.  Actually, only 10 days until it is here.  Now, I am serving a Spanish mission, so when I look at the word Christmas I see the word Christ and the word mas which in Spanish means more. So its just a quick thought today about how during this season, there should be so more of him. 
Dieter F. Uchtdorf gave this talk during a Christmas devotional called Seeing Christmas through New Eyes.  I really really liked this talk.  The rest of the talk is even better, so I recommend reading that.  But it applies to everybody and anybody who has ever felt even the least bit of stress come because of the Christmas season.
"Every Who
Down in Who-ville
Liked Christmas a lot . . .
But the Grinch,
Who lived just north of Who-ville,
Did NOT!2
The Grinch, that memorable character from a classic children’s story by Dr. Seuss, had a heart that “was two sizes too small,” and he hated everything about Christmas. Through the course of the story, however, he undergoes a dramatic transformation when he learns that there is more to Christmas than decorations and gifts.
Perhaps the Grinch’s story is so memorable because, if we are honest, we may be able to relate to him. Who among us has not felt concern over the commercialization and even greed of the Christmas season? Who hasn’t felt overwhelmed by the packed calendars, the stress of finding gifts, the pressure of planning meals and events?
We know what the Christmas season ought to be—we know it should be a time of reflection on the birth of the Savior, a time of celebration and of generosity. But sometimes our focus is so much on the things that annoy and overwhelm us that we can almost hear ourselves say in unison with the Grinch: “Why, for fifty-three years I’ve put up with it now! I MUST stop this Christmas from coming! . . . But HOW?

Christmas is a time to center everything on Christ, not having Him take second shelf to the traditions and hustle and bustle of the season.  So this year, instead of becoming ever more like the Grinch, let us make all the more room in our hearts for those around us and for Christ.  Don't just make room for Him, but let Him be the focus this season!
_Elder Halbert

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