5 Things to Keep in Mind When the Holidays Turn You Into a Grinch
It’s true that I have published an earlier blog post on the upcoming holiday season as well as pointers on how to get through them putting your health first. What I didn’t include were suggestions on what can be done if the weeks leading up to the holiday transform you into a Grinch. It’s not easy and often times, it can be very irritating, but hopefully keeping some of these suggestions in mind will be of help.
Ah, the holiday season such a merry time to be jolly, joyful, and jubilant…right? Well, for those of us who’ve already undergone the Grinch transformation, these adjectives no longer exist in our vocabulary. Today marks the tenth day since I’ve had my Grinch transformation (green hair not included), and I’m not bothered by it, but I’ll admit that having a chronic illness has only enhanced the overall change. Since I’m well aware that I will not transform back into my usual self till the holidays are over, I figured it would be best if I devised a helpful way of thinking to better endure the month-long change.
1. “Grinchism” is acquired.
Just like the common cold makes its way around the entire planet during the change in weather, so too does Grinchism. It’s like a virus that spreads quickly and is caused by a specific event. Grinchism can be caused too by weather change. If you’re anything like me, the freezing cold weather makes you exceedingly grumpy. You’d rather stay inside where it’s warm than have to endure 5 minutes in the cold; the fact that this type of cold will last for roughly 3 months only enhances the grump. Other factors which can spread Grinchism include: family drama, finances, and obligations. All of these are like one big sneeze in your direction from someone who has had upper respiratory complications without being on antibiotics. Don’t blame yourself for acquiring Grinchism; it’s best to focus on what reason caused the contamination in the first place and deal with it from that angle.
2. There are multiple ways to “cure” Grinchism.
Let’s pretend that the causing agent for your particular yearly Grinchism is family drama. This is probably the number one agent that infects the most people. If there were a script taken to treat Grinchism, the bottom of the bottle would have the Surgeon General’s warning read something like this:
SURGEON GENERAL’S WARNING:
“Family drama and tomfoolery causes extreme mood changes, violent urges, and the urge to roll into a ball weeping.”
SURGEON GENERAL’S WARNING:
“Quitting the attendance of such gatherings and or limiting the exposure to corresponding situations now greatly reduces serious risks to your health, others’ health, and being conformed into unnatural positions.”
Needless to say, removing yourself from the infecting agent or at least limiting exposure to it will either prevent Grinchism, or serve as treatment for it.
3. Decorations may worsen your symptoms.
How can this be? It’s just a bunch of pretty decorations; what harm could they be? If you’ve ever seen the movie: Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas, you’ll be able to see exactly how decorations only serve to fuel the transformation’s effects. If you’re not familiar with this movie, please check out the trailer by clicking the link below:
I consider the dislike of decorations an unfortunate side-effect to the Grinchism. To me, the decorations serve as a reminder how stressful holidays can be, and brings to light how jaded our society has become. Christmas and Easter are holidays for Christ, for His birth and then His resurrection. Yet, these holidays are reduced to nothing more than selfishness and greed.
“How many presents will I get? How much money will I get in my cards?” “Will there be money in the Easter eggs?” You see, our society has taught us to only celebrate what we can get from others, not about the true reason to celebrate: the birth of Christ who saved each one of us from the certainty of Hell and then resurrected 3 days after His crucifixion.
If decorations were used to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas, I know that despite the transformation into a Grinch, those who share my view on the matter will understand why I would appreciate them instead of be repelled by them.
4. It’s best to avoid Walmart
Don’t get me wrong, I shop at Walmart more than I’d like to because it’s 5 minutes from my house. The only problem is they put out Christmas decorations during Halloween or Easter decorations during New Years. I don’t understand why they do that and it sort of irritates me. (Yes, I’m exaggerating a bit, but not by much) If I’m going in there for shampoo and conditioner, the last thing I want to see is Christmas supplies when the real holiday is 5 months away.
5. Modify your gift-giving.
What do I mean by this? Well, for starters: please review my earlier blog “How to Handle the Harrowing Holidays” but clicking this link: http://strengtheningthemuscleoffaith.com/handle-harrowing-holidays/
In it, I tell of obligations and how to go about dealing with that feeling. I also tell about what I do instead of feeling like I’m obligated to buy everyone a gift. That task isn’t easy when you’re on medical leave as well as the obligated feeling. So, what I do is I do something that I love and turn it into a gift. I bake for everyone and give them a sweet treat as their gift in addition to a card. And that does it! It’s something from the heart that I make with my hands and it’s very inexpensive. It’s a win-win.
A question to consider: what do you do when you feel like you’ve been infected with Grinchism?