In this down economy there is much talk of spending less and cutting back (talk that has come much too late, might I add). Of the differing mind than retailers, I am grateful this has occurred before the Christmas season. People are buying less and staying home (with Christmas Parties like Merrill Lynch being cancelled). God is blessing us with this time to reorder our priorities - however stressful and uncomfortable it may be - and to recognize that the material cannot bring what only the spiritual can give: true joy.
A child's birth is the most humble experience one can have, as it reminds us of the miracles before us. Jesus' birth tops them all. Let us not forget what we are truly celebrating this coming Christmas and use this challenging time to grow in holiness.
And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? [Christmas] came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled 'till his puzzler was sore. 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.