The Grinch had a point

Shayna Tilles, Centerspread Editor

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One of the most celebrated tales of the Christmas season is the grumpy-but likeable-Grinch. He starts out hating the holiday and dedicates his time to trying to ruin it, until his heart grows three sizes and he realizes the true meaning of Christmas.

It’s a feel-good ending. But at the beginning, didn’t the Grinch have a point?

As someone who doesn’t celebrate Christmas, I understand how annoying it can be to see candy canes, lighted trees, and Mariah Carey playing 24/7.

This occurs especially when people begin to celebrate literal months before the holiday. As a visual, imagine your friend beginning to celebrate their birthday months before it happens. Wouldn’t you start to get a little annoyed?

Growing up, it was easier to relate to the Grinch compared to my friends-and that’s because I understand how all the Christmas cheer can be overwhelming when you don’t participate in it. I mean, all the Grinch wants is some peace and quiet. I know that once Halloween is over, everybody is so excited to drink eggnog and exchange gifts. But what about everybody else?

Like the Grinch, we watch the joy and cheer from our homes. We can’t escape the Christmas spirit, it’s everywhere.

Don’t get me wrong, Christmastime is incredibly joyus-even the Grinch noticed that.

It’s beautiful to see people come together over something so special. However, every once in awhile, it’s nice to escape the cheer.