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What “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas” Can Teach Us About Holidays


As the Grinch said in “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” by Dr. Suess … “It came without ribbons! It came without tags! It came without packages, boxes or bags!” 

Grinch who stole Christmas 

A Charming Story About a Grinch who Learns a Big Lesson

If you are not familiar with the story, it is one that I highly recommend reading. It is a children’s story about a creature who decides that he will steal Christmas from the Who’s who live in Whoville.

He proceeds to take away the presents, the trees, the trimmings, the food for the Christmas feast.

The Grinch discovers that even though he took all of the trappings away, the Who’s celebrate anyway. . . and his heart grows with that discovery, as ours do when we read that charming story.

What Can We Learn From the Grinch

Lessons that are presented to us in simple terms can sometimes have the most impact, can’t they?

Spend time with your family, cherish them, hold them close in your heart.  If you are without family at this time of the year, I wish you good friends to share the holidays with. The present aspect of holidays is a fun tradition and yes, you can have a wonderful holiday whether you have presents or not.

Spend time in quiet reflection; think about this past year, what you have accomplished and perhaps, give a thought to the upcoming year.  See a future so bright you have to wear shades!

Spend time remembering the feelings that you felt when everything went right. . .make that feeling stronger and brighter.

A Wish for You

Whether you celebrate Christmas or another holiday, at this time of the year, gratitude is key. Cherish your relationships, especially the one you have with yourself. : D 

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Seasons Greetings!

I wish you and yours all of the best now and in the coming year.  May your life be filled with joy, peace and happiness! May you recognize the abundance that abounds in your life. . .

Thank you for reading my blog and for the support!  I appreciate it very much! 

“Drive your own life. . .you deserve to, don’t you?” Sherie Venner

**Photo credit by  Luz Adriana Villa A. (Creative Commons)

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I am a Relationship Coach who helps others create happy, healthy, loving relationships…including the relationship they have with themselves…by breaking through those blocks and barriers to success. I use various techniques gathered through training as a Master Practitioner of NLP, timeline, hypnosis and common sense gathered through life experience.

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  • Rob Russo, HelloScent.com December 28, 2011, 8:34 am

    Love the Grinch and the lesson learned at the end is the best. We all can find something to cherish during the holidays and throughout the year. Hope you and yours had a very Merry Christmas.

    Here’s to a healthy and prosperous 2012!

    • Sherie December 28, 2011, 10:05 am

      Absolutely! Thanks, Rob, we certainly did and wishing you a healthy and prosperous 2012, as well! : D

  • Michael McDonald December 23, 2011, 11:59 pm

    Thanks Sherie. There are definitely more things to life than presents and material things. I am blessed that I can go see my family this Christmas and have all my nieces and nephews together. This will only be the second time I’ve been with all of them at the same time and that will be the best Christmas present I can have.

    • Sherie December 24, 2011, 2:10 am

      Michael, that sounds like an absolutely wonderful way to spend Christmas! I am very happy for you and the opportunity you have to have the best Christmas present! Thank you for taking the time to read the post and for commenting!

  • Norma Doiron@Living HEALTHY | WEALTHY | WISE December 23, 2011, 7:00 pm

    My grandchildren just love the Grinch…! There’s a few meaningful stories for discussion there too. Thanks for reminding me of it!
    The LEARNED Preneur @ NormaDoiron.NET

    • Sherie December 23, 2011, 8:08 pm

      Enjoy it with your grandchildren, Norma! You’re welcome and thanks for your comment!

  • Manny December 23, 2011, 2:16 pm

    Great reminder and excellent summary of what we can learn from the Grinch. Happy Holidays to you as well!

    • Sherie December 23, 2011, 3:02 pm

      Thank you so much for your comment, Manny and for the holiday wishes! Happy Holidays to you and yours! : D

  • Marie December 22, 2011, 9:27 am

    I love this story. It is one of our treasured Christmas books. So fun, so engaging and such a wonderful message. It’s always been one of my favorites, especially this line: Maybe Christmas, he thought… doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas, perhaps… means a little bit more! ” We’ve tried to focus on that since our kids were small. There is so much more to Christmas than the gifts we find under the tree.

    • Sherie December 22, 2011, 10:43 am

      Beautifully put, Marie, yes, so there is so much more……thank you so much for commenting!!

  • Lisa Birnesser December 22, 2011, 7:47 am

    The Grinch is one of my favorite Dr. Seuss books. Connecting with friends and family are so important no and and any time of the years. I also love the art about reflecting about the year. It certainly helps us grow! Thanks, Sherie!

    • Sherie December 22, 2011, 10:45 am

      Yes, so very, very important! You’re welcome and thank you for taking the time to read the post and comment!!

  • Dr. Daisy Sutherland December 22, 2011, 6:52 am

    Wonderful post!! Thanks so much for sharing and including one of our favorite authors..Dr. Seuss…to this day we still read his books..my youngest loves them all!:) Merry Christmas!

    • Sherie December 22, 2011, 10:46 am

      Thank you, Dr. Daisy! We still read him, now, as well, he was an awesome author. Merry Christmas to you!

  • Lorii Abela December 21, 2011, 10:09 pm

    Great post Sherie. Definitely, we can learn a lot from children’s stories. And spending time with family and friends this holiday season is really a great way to spend Christmas.
    Merry Christmas and happy new year to you, Sherie!

    • Sherie December 21, 2011, 11:10 pm

      It is a great way to spend the holiday season, isn’t it, Lorii? Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you, too!! …..and thank you for taking the time to comment on the post, glad you enjoyed it!

  • Vicky Savellis-Grant December 21, 2011, 6:19 pm

    Great post! A lovely reminder of what’s really important this time of year.
    Have a wonderful Christmas!

    • Sherie December 21, 2011, 6:23 pm

      Thank you, Vicky and wishing you a wonderful Christmas, as well!

  • Julie Weishaar December 21, 2011, 3:42 pm

    Hi Sherie – Dr. Seuss had some great life’s lessons, didn’t he? You can take away all our material things but no one can take away what we hold dear and cherish in our hearts! Have a wonderful holiday season and a very happy New Year 🙂

    • Sherie December 21, 2011, 4:02 pm

      He certainly did. . .Dr. Suess was an inspired man. : D Thank you for your comment, Julie and the holiday wishes. Wishes you a wonderful holiday season and a very happy New Year, too!!

  • Molly Rider December 21, 2011, 12:08 pm

    Love this post! What a great reminder 🙂 Children’s stories have the best messages, and you’re right…they are not always just for children!

    • Sherie December 21, 2011, 12:14 pm

      I love children’s stories! Thank you so much for your comment, Molly!!

  • Rob Hodgins December 21, 2011, 8:35 am

    Spend time with your family and spend time in quiet reflection.
    Yes! Balance is important.

    And Sherie? Your posts are amazing and informative. Keep it up!
    Merry Christmas to you and your family.

    • Sherie December 21, 2011, 10:29 am

      Balance is important! Thank you so much, Rob, I really appreciate it!! Merry Christmas to you and your family, as well!! : D

  • Kim Hawkins December 21, 2011, 8:15 am

    I love that you mention reading the story. There are quite a few things that are caught when reading that are overlooked when watching on tv or video. Thanks for sharing!

    • Sherie December 21, 2011, 8:20 am

      Reading is a passion of mine, so many things to discover that way! Thanks for your comment, Kim!