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Make room for Grinches!

Monday, December 09, 2013

The Grinch sitting on the outside
Do you know a Grinch?
Have you ever noticed people who do not like Christmas? Usually they are the ones sitting on the outside, looking in.
1. Someone without enough money to fully participate.
2. Someone from a different religion.
3. Someone with little family.
4. Someone new to the area.
5. Someone left out.
No one likes being in that position. No one likes being left out in the cold.

This year, I got a Grinch mask, and the Grinch book.
I want my students to learn that the Christmas/holiday season is a time for giving, and that money is optional. We can give a good attitude, we can give a smile and acceptance. This is a season of joy. This is a season of love and friendship. All need to be included!
Christmas cannot be bought in a store. We need to cultivate it in our heart.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
KMVBBAM 12/10/2013 9:22AM

    emoticon Just told my daughter this weekend that sometimes when someone isn't as blessed around you, they may just be unhappy with themselves or something happening in their own lives.

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MSLZZY 12/9/2013 10:29PM

    That is why I do as much as possible to make everyone feel welcome. I just met a man who moved here and is good friends from the couple who lived down the street from us, moved away and then came back. Our son bought their house and loved it.

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2BDYNAMIC 12/9/2013 8:43PM

    Great idea and I bet your students enjoyed .......... Good blog and pictures! emoticon

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MJ7DM33 12/9/2013 7:50PM

  emoticon Great lesson to teach your students and us!

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SVELTEWARRIOR 12/9/2013 7:21PM


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CINDHOLM 12/9/2013 4:16PM

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LUST4LIFE15 12/9/2013 2:02PM

    What a great blog, book, and thoughts toward the Christmas season. Know a few "bah-humbugers" who just can't get into the Spirit of joy, peace, and giving and would rather be a recluse! I love the season....maybe not so much the cold and snow! lol

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FALLENLEAVES28 12/9/2013 1:31PM

    Living on my own and struggling this past year has really put many aspects of life into prospective...

A couple of thoughtful words or a home cooked dinner means much more to be then something bought from a sore.

Thanks for the blog post! emoticon

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PASTAFARIAN 12/9/2013 12:55PM

    What irks me is the focus on Christmas as a season of joy. It implies that people can be thoughtless toward others and joyless themselves the rest of the year.

I think the focus on Christmas should be on Christmas music, Christmas plays, Christmas food, etc. That, I can get into.

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MARGARITTM 12/9/2013 12:48PM

    I agree with all.... yes it can be; "The best of times and it can be the worst of times." Please in our enthusiasm for the season and our own joy PLEASE recognize that it is not that way for everyone. ...and respect their moment as well.

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NASFKAB 12/9/2013 12:35PM

  its all about sharing

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SUNFLOWERGAMMY 12/9/2013 12:31PM

    emoticon It's a good reminder that sharing JESUS is the REASON FOR THE SEASON emoticon

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JPANNELL0 12/9/2013 12:28PM

    Great blog! emoticon

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MAMISHELI53 12/9/2013 12:26PM

    Very cool! emoticon

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-POLEDANCEGIRL- 12/9/2013 12:24PM

    That is SO true!!!

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SUNNYBEACHGIRL 12/9/2013 12:16PM

    I let go of the hurt Christmases of the past. I do not plan large gatherings and really pull everything in close. I enjoy the people who are here and do not worry about the ones who go somewhere else. I spend as little money as possible during the month of December. This has helped me to be just a ghost of a Grinch.

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JACKIE542 12/9/2013 10:53AM


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PEANUTSDOG17 12/9/2013 10:46AM

  emoticon Amen

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DEBBYFROMMT 12/9/2013 10:27AM

    Very good Jackie! Thanks!

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THEEXERCISER 12/9/2013 8:48AM


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BUSYGRANNY5 12/9/2013 8:41AM

    I have an entire unit covering this wonderful story!!! Good for you for making a difference in your kids lives... Blessings to you!!!

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SWEETNEEY 12/9/2013 8:35AM

    I think Christmas has its positives but I don't think if you don't get caught up in the 'spirit' you are a grinch. It's more important what kind of person you are all the time, then what kind of person you are at christmas time. Christmas is a moment in time.

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PHEBESS 12/9/2013 8:21AM

    Do you have children of other religions in your class? Will you include their observances as well?

I was a shy child in elementary school, but every year I put up my hand and asked for (demanded in a very polite way) blue and white paper to make whatever art project for Chanukah - I refused to accept red and green paper, or paint, or whatever the project entailed.

Doesn't make me a grinch. Just makes me proud of my own heritage.

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1CRAZYDOG 12/9/2013 7:57AM

    Oh I am so proud of you! Actually that is one of my favorite holiday books! Used to read it to the kiddos when they were little. Then we'd go thru their toys that were outgrown and donate them so someone else could love 'em!

You are teaching such a fabulous lesson. Thank you! Young people really need to hear it!!!!! HUGS

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    Beautiful and very appropriate for not just Christmas but every day of the year.

Thank you!


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RIVERS1948 12/9/2013 7:48AM


I had to copy and paste this, what a meaningfull lesson this is. I am glad you are a teaching the children the meaning of the season.

"I want my students to learn that the Christmas/holiday season is a time for giving, and that money is optional. We can give a good attitude, we can give a smile and acceptance. This is a season of joy. This is a season of love and friendship. All need to be included!"

Thank you so much.

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SANDRALEET 12/9/2013 7:32AM

    The birth The angels telling us is the story

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NUTRON3 12/9/2013 7:22AM

    Oh, I agree!

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PGHP31CK 12/9/2013 6:55AM

    So glad to hear that you're teaching this lesson to your class. Christmas is NOT about stuff!!!! It's about the One Who loved us enough to become one of us so that He could save us.

Can't imagine what it was like to give up the glories of heaven to start life in a cattle shed.

So very thankful that He did!

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IOEINC 12/9/2013 6:43AM

    How true!! emoticon You hit the nail right on the head!! Christmas doesn't come in a store but the Grinch was wrong!! Christmas means a whole lot more!!! emoticon

And I used to know that book by heart!! It was oldest daughter's favorite book and I read all year round. I still have her copy preserved in plastic if and when she ever has kids!!


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MOTHEPRO 12/9/2013 6:18AM


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GRAMMYEAC 12/9/2013 6:16AM

    If we go back to the true meaning of Christmas, we should all believe the Grinch's "What if Christmas doesn't come from a store? What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more?" Christmas, to me, means a LOT more than the physical gifts given; it means caring, sharing, loving and extends to all around us.

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RD03875 12/9/2013 5:59AM

    Sorry, I am one of "those grinches" my reasons are very personal and they remind me of very hurtful past christmases. Why does EVERYONE in this world have to be all warm and fuzzy at christmas?

Do you personally celebrate Ramadan or Eid? Do you celebrate /observe Dawaili?

It is my personal preference to not celebrate/observe!

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