How the Grinch Stole Christmas
This devotional was written for Oakland's Family Advent Workbook. The hope is that our children couldn't think about the Grinch without thinking about Jesus. We don't want to reject all the secular trappings outright, we want to trace them to Jesus' life, death, resurrection, and reign.
Find time to read or watch How the Grinch Stole Christmas, as a family. Then take some time, maybe over cookies and milk or hot cocoa to chat about Jesus.
How did The Grinch remind you of Jesus or a Bible story?
Why did the Grinch hate Christmas?
Why did the Grinch do mean things?
Why do you do mean things sometimes?
What does the Grinch expect to happen when the Whos wake up?
What actually happens?
How does the singing affect the Grinch? Why?
Have you ever seen someone celebrate/sing even when bad things happen?
What does the Grinch do when his heart changes?
What does the Grinch learn about Christmas?
What is Christmas all about to you?
Every good story is good because it echoes the one great story of God’s rescuing love in Jesus that changes our hearts. In How the Grinch Stole Christmas, the Grinch hates Christmas because his heart is 2 sizes too small. A bad heart leads to bad actions (stealing Christmas) and even delights in the pain caused by bad actions. This gives us a picture of Sin. Sin is a heart problem, a heart that is all about me and what I want. All the bad things we call “sins” are really symptoms of Sin, the heart condition. We all need Jesus to change our hearts.
When the Grinch steal Christmas, he expects the Whos to cry and boo-hoo, but instead they sing. The still celebrate Christmas because, “Maybe Christmas doesn't come from a store. Maybe Christmas… perhaps… means a little bit more!”
All who have come to know the true meaning of Christmas can celebrate even when bad things happen. Even when bad things happen, Christians can celebrate because God is good, and at Christmas God sent his son to rescue us. Even if we have no presents under the tree, we can celebrate the present given on a tree – Jesus on a cross.
When people see us celebrate Jesus at Christmas more than the lights, ribbons, bows, and boxes, they will learn the true meaning of Christmas, and their hearts will change like the Grinch’s heart changed. Especially, when we invite them into our celebrations.