“Every Who Down in Whoville Liked Christmas a lot...
But the Grinch, Who lived just north of Whoville, Did NOT!”
Dr. Suess’s well-known fable, How the Grinch Stole Christmas (movie versions made in 1966 and 2000) has been one of my favorites for decades. The Grinch was a grump who hated anything to do with Christmas. He associated it with frivolous decorations, gifts, and most of all, noise!
“Oh, the noise! Oh, the Noise!
Noise! Noise! Noise!
That's one thing he hated! The NOISE!”
The Grinch plots to steal all of the “stuff” of Christmas, including all of the food, decorations, and gifts so he can finally get some peace and quiet. As he is about to dispose of it all, he hears the “Whos” singing and realizes that Christmas is not about material things, but about the heart.
While the story focuses on the Grinch’s transformation after finally understanding Christmas (“his heart grew three sizes that day”), I want to draw attention to the “Whos” themselves, the citizens of Whoville. It seems that they were so focused on the things that accompany Christmas, gifts, decorations, etc., that their behavior unintentionally clouded the true meaning of it to those looking in from the outside.
Unfortunately, Christmas time in Whoville is not that much different than Christmas in our world. December can go by like a blur as we check off our “to do” lists and dates on the calendar. If we are not careful, we can get “Christmas Myopia,” so focused on the “doing” of Christmas that we cloud the true meaning of Christmas until it is invisible to those who do not know the Lord.
Make it a point to tell those the Lord brings your way about the “who” of Christmas, the Lord Jesus Christ, why He came (Matt. 1:21), and what He means to you personally. And, of course, extend the invitation for them to place their faith in Him.