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.
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...?
Well...in Who-ville they say
That the Grinch's small heart
Grew three sizes that day!