Friday, December 23, 2011

Not a Scrooge or a Grinch but a Charlie Brown!

"Of all the Charlie Browns in the world, you're the Charlie Brown-est!" -Violet(?)

I've been meaning to write this post for weeks. Now I'm finally in the mood and mindset to write it. First off, let me give you a couple of definitions before I get into my chaotic thoughts.

A "Scrooge" is a miserly grouch who hates people and loves money.

 A "Grinch" is someone (or something) who hates Christmas and wants to make everyone as miserable as he or she is.

A "Charlie Brown" is someone who doesn't like the commercialism of Christmas and can't seem to catch the "Magic of Christmas".

 I fall in the the third category. I openly call myself a "Charlie Brown". I like Christmas. I do. I'm not out to get people and I'm not out to drive the Spirit of Christmas from their lives. I just hate the commercialism that comes with the Holiday Season. I hate the stores that start selling Christmas themed candy and items the day after (sometimes before) Halloween. I hate the radio stations that play mediocre Christmas music for three months (*cough* you know who you are FM 100 *cough*). I hate that Santa Clause is the symbol of the season. Santa Clause is a LIE!

*Deep Breath* Sorry. I didn't mean to go all crazy psycho on you. I have a lot of pent up emotions that I'm laying out on paper on screen.

I guess I wish that I had a Linus in my life. You know, like Charlie Brown does. I need someone who can bring back the "Magic of Christmas" by reminding the world what Christmas is all about. Perhaps the problem is that everyone has a different meaning of Christmas. And the "world" has a version of Christmas that is full of consumerism and commercialism.

Sometimes we have to be our own Linus'... For me Christmas should revolve around the birth (and life) of Jesus Christ. He is the reason for this season, as cliche as the may sound. The celebration of His birth is what brings us together as friends and family to share gifts and time with each other. However, the true meaning of Christmas has become lost behind the glitz and glamor of the evil jolly old man in a red suit, Santa Clause himself.

As I reflect on what I have written thus far I am struck with my judgmental attitude . Here I am spouting off my own beliefs as if everyone should feel the same I do. But everyone feels and believes different things.

Basically, I just wanted to admit right here that I am a "Charlie Brown" and I can't seem to find the "Magic of Christmas" anymore.

But I do want to wish a Merry Christmas to you just the same.

I hope that you find joy and love in this holiday season, however you choose to celebrate it.

Merry Christmas Until Next Time,

The Hopeless Romantic

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