10 December 2008

grinch, christmas bodhisattva


ugly wife reading this blog

the grinch is about the only christmas show i can stomach. for my money (free on tv), it is the best secular christmas message show there is. grinch is rightfully pissed off by the rampant materialism he sees around him. from his vantage point the holiday seems to be a celebration of gluttony and conspicuous consumption. what right minded person isn't a grinch?

but grinch is an activist. he isn't content to sit and complain. he decides to stir it up. by stealing the gifts and the roast beast from all of hooville, he forces the heathen hoos to look inward and "discover the true meaning of christmas." some would contend that the hoos always had that spirit. but without grinch, how would we know? he reveals their character. i'm sure off camera there are many pissed off, spoiled hoos. i think of them during commercial breaks.

the message is obvious: celebrate. gifts and such get in the way of true, spontaneous joy.

most would agree that christmas shouldn't be so materialistic. the same most feel sorry for those that don't get good gifts. instead of toy drives for the poor to reinforce the message that more is better, we should have toy stealing drives to show the middle class and the rich that happiness doesn't come from stuff. be a grinch. steal your neighbors' gifts. only don't give them back at the end. that would be truly spreading the christmas spirit.

9 comments:

Ugly Angie said...

yeah, the toy drive thing has always bugged me...let's not think of poor little sad children..,but let's think of the message this is sending: you ain't nobody 'til you have STUFF and if you or your parents can't get you the STUFF someone else always will...again, toy drives are anti-middle class...you make too much money to get free STUFF, you can barely give your own kids the STUFF they want, and you have this supposed "social obligation" to buy the poor people things...I dunno..pretty loaded stuff. This Xmas I am buying one gift (except the ones I am forced to via forced Xmas gift Xchanges) and that is this new fully loaded CLAPPER EXTREME (or something) for my mother as she is frightened to enter a dark house and there are only so many timers you can have...plus those things are stupid...have you ever notice that you set the timer with game pieces from MB's "Life"...weird...

ugly wife said...

i am the grinch. why don't we just come up with and celebrate family traditions? the whole thing is out of control. what we need and want, we get.

Elmo said...

You might remember I have always been an advocate of boycotting Christmas until after Thanksgiving: Boycott Christmas. Away with the greed, avarice and crass commercialism!

Ugly Angie said...

excellent issue of SAT, btw. Read it yesterday from cover to cover...artwork is wonderful..that's all ink pen? now I feel like I have experienced the Gypsy myself...

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