I distinctly remember that one of my most favorite shows growing up was How the Grinch Stole Christmas (cartoon version). Leave it to those geniuses at Glee to create another wonderful adventure for all of us. Coach Sue, once again is the bad guy in the guise of the Grinch, who steals all the presents the Glee Club had collected for orphans. She also made herself the sole receiver of all the Secret Santa gifts. But as in the story by Dr. Suess, Sue/Grinch ends up understanding what Christmas really is all about. (and of course Glee sings my favorite song from the cartoon).
For those who do not get Hulu, here is the song on You Tube. Unfortunately it is just the vocals.)
I know for a fact that so many of us have had a very hard year. Either we have faced the loss of jobs, reduced finances while we still worked our butts off, our children have developed so many more issues, and/or we have spent an inordinate amount of time fighting for the services that our children so richly deserve. But I think, and of course I am speaking as a Jewish person, the message I take away for myself at this time of year is one of hope, renewal and love. Christmas is not about things, but about people. It is our love for our children and the love of our families in general that guides us, and gives us the strength we need to carry on.
So to all my friends, compatriots, fellow travelers on this Earth who celebrate this beautiful season of the year, Merry Christmas, Joyeux Noel, Feliz Navidad.
Meanwhile, like our newest member of the Supreme Court, that brilliant Elena Kagan, this is my plan for Christmas Day:
Until next time,