Christmas is always more
And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice-cold in the snow,
Stood puzzling and puzzling: “How could it be so?”
“It came without ribbons! It came without tags!
“It came without packages, boxes or bags!”
And he puzzled three hours, till his puzzler was sore.
Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before!
“Maybe Christmas,” he thought, “doesn’t come from a store.
“Maybe Christmas…perhaps…means a little bit more!”
~ Dr. Suess, How the Grinch Stole Christmas
I love this. How true it is that every year, the holidays always seem to centre around the glitz and glamour of presents and parties. I’m admittedly at my most stressed self during the festive frenzy – checking off my long Christmas list, clearing work for my year-end leave, stocking up the pantry for holiday gatherings.
This Christmas, I’m hoping that I’ll do a little more, and I hope you’ll join me! How about a little more slowing down? Put down the phone, set it on silent mode, place it somewhere far far away. Untether yourself from nagging notifications and be okay being without the mobile. Nothing is really that urgent anyway! Have something hot, like good old French onion soup or hot cocoa, and just sink back in your couch. I’m looking forward to listening to my kids’ incessant chatter, hearing about my husband’s morning cycle. Less harried moments, more treasured memories!
Or how about a little more presence instead of presents? I will love to spend more time with my parents, drop by my neighbours’ more often. I want to show up for the people I love. Presents are fun, but I know for sure my children will rather I spend a day out in the playground with them than to receive that biggest toy from the store!
And this Christmas, we too, want to give you more. We’ve worked through many a meetings on our Christmas menus online and in stores to ensure that you’re getting more cost savings, more food varieties, more reasons to celebrate! We’ve cooked hard so you can relax more. Christmas is always more. Merry Christmas, from us all!