Friday, December 25, 2009

Christmas Presence

Christmas presents?
How did Christmas get to be about stuff?

For me, Christmas is about sowing some Santa-spirit.

Christmas is about cultivating generosity—about stretching my Grinch heart just a little bit bigger.

And then keeping it stretched out and open and not letting it shrink back.

Christmas presence.

Remember this verse from kindergarten?

It's excerpted from How the Grinch Who Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss:

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!

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!"
And what happened then...? Who-ville they say
That the Grinch's small heart
Grew three sizes that day!


steven said...

hey dan - yes! this year i "wanted" nothing. well not nothing actually. i wanted to be with my family and to enjoy their joy! that much. that little. have a peaceful evening. steven

The Honorable Mention said...

Well said, Steven. In my families 'presence' I have joy unspeakable....and it is peaceful, too. Peace to you all as well...

Jenny Stevning said...

My family stopped exchanging gifts a few years ago. (Well, the kids still get gifts.) I love it!! We have NO need for more stuff! Last night, at Christmas Eve dinner, laughing with my family was my favorite part! That is a gift.

Sarah Lulu said...

I'm with you!

We give homemade that's a lot of fun a cake or some soap or a framed photo of the baby ..OR this year we all got the baby's footprints ...haha ...

It's about loving each other ... and the world.

Dan Gurney said...

Hi steven, barbra, jenny, and sarah lulu: sounds like we're all on the same page here. In our family there are a few gifts exchanged... calendars, soaps, candles, photos, but presentswise it's all very low key. The best part of Christmas here is the cooking and the eating, the Scrabble, tangrams, and Jumble puzzles, the walks, the walks and talks, the homemade music (dulcimer and guitar and flute), and the reading by the fire...