Tinselitis: You're A Mean One, Mister Grinch

If there’s one thing I will not tolerate during the holiday season, it’s a grinch. You know the type – hates Christmas songs, bemoans giving presents, complains that there’s nothing but Home Alone and Love, Actually on TV, blah blah blah.  Get out of here, grinch. Everyone knows that Home Alone is the best movie regardless of what holidays you celebrate, so scram!

Look, not everyone is going to be gung ho for the holidays like I am, I get that. Some people find the holidays depressing because they don’t have family around or associate this time of year with sad times, etc. Well, guess what I do on Christmas Day? I sit in my apartment alone, watch TV, order a Chinese and – if last year was any measure – eat an entire tube of Pick ‘n’ Mix in one sitting. Do you see me upset about it? (You don’t see me, but if you could, you would see that the answer is definitely “no”.)

Of course, this doesn’t apply to those who don’t celebrate Christmas for whatever reason. But if you traditionally are of the Jolly Old St. Nick ilk and you complain when stores begin putting out Christmas stuff the day after Halloween or roll your eyes at me as I loudly sing Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’, then we have a problem.

See him? Don’t be that guy.

I’ve been asked by people why I actually love Christmas so much and I can never answer. First of all, that seems like a daft question to ask because, hello, why not? There’s nothing better for me than buying presents, wrapping presents, giving presents and seeing those presents opened. Plus, the weather is fantastic, the decorations and lights can’t help but make you smile and the songs are legit. When I was a kid, all my Nana wanted from me one Christmas was for me to learn the original Latin ‘Adeste Fideles’ and sing it for her. I did and she loved it. See? The power of Christmas music, bringing joy to the masses!

Christmas is also another reminder of something we should be doing all year long – appreciating the people in our lives that we love, who are there for us every day and who make not only the holiday but every other day that much brighter. It’s an absolute picnic for me, as I can use it as an excuse to wring out my emo side more than usual, which is one of my favourite things to do.

So don’t do it. Don’t ruin everyone else’s fun because you’ve got a case of the grumps and can’t get over them. Try and see the lighthearted, kid-like feeling that those of us who are a bit nuts about Christmas feel once the air turns a bit colder and the calendar inches closer to December. Try and enjoy it for what it is. Even the Grinch succombed to the joys of Christmas in the end, and look how happy he was?


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