By Stephen Carroll–The Buzz—
Many of us fondly recall the story of how the Grinch stole Christmas then triumphantly restored the holiday to all the Hoo’s in Hooville.
Why does this children ‘s tale by Dr. Seuss resonate with us still after so many years? Throughout the ages stories like Dickens’ tale of Ebenezer Scrooge and Tiny Tim tug at our heat strings.
We watch “White Christmas , ” and “Miracle on 34th Street.” Why do these stories touch us so deeply at this time of year?
I think it is because the common themes portrayed in these classic tales are so embedded in all of our lives.
We all know someone struck by disease, lonely or aged, poor or downtrodden, down on their luck, the rich & the poor, fortunate & unfortunate, young & old. We see in ourselves an identity (this could be me) creating a feeling that maybe we can help or console.
What makes this time of year so special? It brings out the feeling deep within us of hope, caring and charity. It is humanity, it is what drives us to reach out and touch someone else and to help if we can for even a little while, to make their lives just a little bit better. Because you see Christmas doesn’t come from a store.
Perhaps Christmas is just a little bit more.
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