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?


  • http://www.facebook.com/melissa.jaquez Melissa Jaquez

    I already have my spotify Christmas playlist ready and it’s 11 hours long…….

  • http://www.facebook.com/laurablessehampton Laura Blesse Hampton

    Have you ever watched Stephen Colbert’s Christmas Special? A lot of hilarious stuff in there, but the song he sings with Elvis Costello at the end is actually quite poignant. The jist of it is that there are “much worse things to believe in” than the magic of the Christmas spirit. If you can’t check out the entire thing yourself, I highly recommend looking up the song.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1029052453 Paula M. Moncho Esteve

    I’m with you sister!! You know I LOVE CHRISTMAS!!! my fav time of the year for a thousand reasons! I love carols (cant wait to get the new she&him Christmas album which of course I already pre-ordered..) and I have a grinch in my life. My mom. She just cant take it, she hates christmas!! and she ruins it for me every year! I only get to see her like for that week and a half at christmas couse I’m studying far far FAAAR away from home… so I’m double excited about it, I finally get to be with my family after a year and.. ITS CHRISTMAS! but I get there and BAM! grinch. All I get for Christmas is a grinch… :( still I love them and everything but I dont get to celebrate Christmas like everybody else! and still, like every year, I cant wait for Christmas to come!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/cherylpalacio Cheryl Lynn Palacio


  • Anonymous

    I’m already listening to christmas music too and axiously waiting for a very she & him christmas album :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=636789225 Alycia Lourim

    i LOVEEEE XMAS! But right now I AM NERDING OUT ON HALLOWEEN. As i type this i am watching hocus pocus heheh. i adore the holidays. <333

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001995952321 Ana Marie

    I love love LOVE Christmas!!! You are never to old to have the childlike feeling that surrounds Christmas…and for that matter you SHOULD have it if you dont! Life is too short not to dive in to the happy pleasant times and feelings.

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