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Joy to the Who?

Graphic by: Lois SarmientoAlmost all of us remember Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas from when we were younger. You know how the story goes. The Grinch, who hates Christmas, pretends to be Santa and steals everything from the Whos in Whoville and all of that mumbo jumbo. A question that arises in almost everyone’s mind from reading this story is: why does the Grinch hate Christmas so much?  Who could ever hate such a holiday?

One question that is rarely asked is why do the Whos love Christmas so much? Why are twinkly lights, crazy shopping malls, and cookies for a fat guy who doesn’t need them adored by so many? Although this over the top Christmas spirit may be annoying to some, it is a life saver to others, and it allows them not only to be happy but to make others happy as well.

To begin, some people just go crazy over Christmas because they need some form of joy and happiness in their lives. According to a Time article on being happy, we all need some form of happiness to keep us healthy, and that happiness can be spurred from different things depending on the person. For some, that source of happiness is Christmas. Think about it. Nothing ever comes easy.  For some people, it has been a very rough year, and as it comes to a close, they need something, anything to be their refuge. There is something about Christmas time that just brings joy to people as they look for an excuse to celebrate and be happy. Problems just seem to have a way of disappearing. According to an article on the Psych Central website, most families put problems and drama aside for the holidays. Christmas is a great time for relatives to forgive and forget, at least for one night, which makes the entire atmosphere of the family more relaxed.

Not only does Christmas bring joy to the individual, but this joy can be passed on to the next person when it comes to the holiday season. When you pass by Best Buy or Wal-Mart on Thanksgiving night, you probably wonder if it really is worth being one of the people standing outside in the bitter, freezing cold, surrounded by strangers, while feeling sleep deprived. For many people, that answer is a definite yes. In fact, so many people are into Black Friday shopping, that there are already ads up for Black Friday 2012! But most of these people aren’t greedy hoarders who want more stuff; they are parents who care about their children so much that they are willing to suffer through Black Friday to get their children what they want for Christmas. A lot of parents can’t afford to buy these products at normal prices, but they don’t want to let their kids down, so they do whatever it takes to get their children what they desire.

To wrap up, although the Christmas spirit around here may be too much for some to handle, remember that this spirit acts like a miracle for some people in order for them to be happy and make others happy. Now, I’m not saying that we should all hold hands like the Whos and sing “Fahoo fores dahoo dores welcome Christmas, Christmas day,” but we should learn to appreciate what this holiday does for some people. So next time you feel like popping one of those giant inflatable snowmen, or cursing Lite FM for playing continuous Christmas music, remember that these holiday hooligans have reasons behind their Christmas crazy actions.

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