31things: Favorite seasonal story or book

Inspired by my attempt last December and from my friend Stephanie, I’m going to try blogging each day in December — holiday themes, of course! I’m calling it “31things.” Click here for more details. Read below for today’s post.

 

Two stories come to mind for the Christmas season: “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas” and “The Polar Express.”

Each of these stories exudes the spirit of what Christmas and the holiday season is supposed to be.

In “Grinch,” we follow the story of the Grinch who tries stealing Christmas from others only because he does not have Christmas. But as we come to learn, even the Grinch understands the true meaning of Christmas — family, friends, love and togetherness. Such a truly simplistic story that so many people should really take to heart.

“The Polar Express” has been a favorite of mine long before it became a movie. The story, as you might know, follows one central theme — believe.

It’s the idea of believing in Santa and that there is good in us all. I wish more people could hear that bell ring. But the true reality is that so many people get caught up in what they think life is meant to be and eventually lose out on hearing the bell.

The book ends with one of the most powerful thoughts:

At one time, most of my friends could hear the bell, but as years passed, it fell silent for all of them. Even Sarah found one Christmas that she could no longer hear its sweet sound. Though I’ve grown old, the bell still rings for me, as it does for all who truly believe.

I still hear the bell ring. Do you?

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