A Who In Whoville: Welcome Christmas, Come This Way!

“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 and puzzled ’till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.” - Dr. Seuss

The saddest thing is when a family tears on itself....especially at Christmas. Last week I was shaken to the core by a family uprising. I felt helpless and hopeless and then I remember a lovely and amazingly loving group of friends that I knew would have the answers.

I sat with my friends and told them my tale of woe and then a miraculous happened...I felt better. I felt I was not alone. Many of my friends had been in the same situation. Several knew the deep sadness and they shared their experience. They had felt what I was feeling. That bond is like a warm and cozy fire of reassurance. And I pulled up my big red leather chair to that hearth and I took hold with my soul.

One woman in particular who I had met a couple of weeks earlier, simply held me in her arms for a long while and I felt myself melting. Basically she told my instinct was good, my heart was in the right place AND that this was my life to do with as I wished. If someone toxic is trying to poison your life, let them go. She reminded me that my job as parent and partner is to protect my children, home and family.

"Take care of your home. Your home, your sanctuary. You decide who is in it." ~ A Friend

As we sat and talked I felt this warm glow deep inside. I recalled the Who's of Whoville:

This town full of Who's live like a large extended family. They serve each other, their community and their families as one huge microcosm. They support each other with joyous gratitude.

And when the sad Grinch becomes unbearably annoyed by their jubilant warm-hearted Christmas preparations, he tries to "steal" their Christmas. Only to find that they’re Christmas does not "come from a store..."

"Grinch: How could it be so? It came without ribbons! It came without tags! It came without packages boxes, or bags!

Narrator: And he puzzled and puzzled, 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."

The Grinch is so filled with light and love his heart almost explodes when he sees them joining together to simply "be" in their light.

My dear new friend, in that one long hug, brought me back To my "Who".

We get so confused about what is important. We get busy and stay busy! That we forget "Who" we are.

I think each of us has that still small "pilot" light deep inside. I think it is up to us as individuals how we use our "Who"....once we find it.

Our "Who" is our light. How we use our "Who" we are.

Gosh! It took me such a long time to find out "Who" I am. I got drunk to stuff her down. Like the Grinch tried to stuff the Who's Christmas in bags. I was my own personal Grinch. I had crazy ideas..."everybody hates me"... or "I can't talk to them they won't want to talk to me".... "Who am I...nobody...right?"

"You're a mean one, Mr. Grinch. You really are a heel. You're as cuddly as a cactus, You're as charming as an eel. Mr. Grinch. You're a bad banana With a greasy black peel." ~~Grinch Song

I was my own Grinch full of self-pity and self-loathing.

And then light began to grow.

We are each....every one of us...a Who in our own Whoville. Now Santa Barbara is a pretty marvelous Whoville. Still, even in paradise, greed, resentment and sadness can take each of us away from our "Who."

After I hugged my friend I came away with the most wonderful feeling and the thought that I am "a Who in Whoville” and how I need to help, in anyway I can, to be a part of the "Who-glow."

I did a crazy-brave and wonderful thing. I volunteered to ice skate in a fundraiser in Oxnard. The proceeds going to help Foster Children have a great Christmas. That was my weekend. Ice skating for charity. I am as sore as an old workhorse! But I am full of gratitude.

Today I helped with a teacher’s appreciation luncheon at Santa Barbara High School and the list goes on.

I just do things people asked me to do. When someone asked me for help--I give it--and it feels great!

I don't know how our present family mess is going to turn out. I have no control over people, places and things.

The only thing I can control is me. And this Who is gettin' on the downtown express to Whoville.

Happy Who-li-days!

The Whoville Christmas Song

"Fah who for-aze! Dah who dor-aze! Welcome Christmas, Christmas Day.

Welcome, Welcome Fah who rah-moose Welcome, Welcome Dah who dah-moose Christmas day is in our grasp So long as we have hands to clasp

Fah who for-aze! Dah who dor-aze! Welcome Christmas Bring your cheer

Fah who for-aze! Dah who dor-aze! Welcome all Who's Far and near

Welcome Christmas, fah who rah-moose Welcome Christmas, dah who dah-moose Christmas day will always be Just so long as we have we

Fah who for-aze Dah who dor-aze Welcome Christmas Bring your light (Bridge (about 65 sec))

Welcome Christmas Fah who rah-moose! Welcome Christmas Dah who dah-moose!

Welcome Christmas While we stand Heart to heart And hand in hand

Fah who for-aze Dah who dor-aze Welcome welcome Christmas Christmas Day!

Happy Who-lidays!

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