For years I’ve complained about journalists misusing the Grinch metaphor around the holidays. Every evil-doer is a Grinch if the crimeÂ involves holiday anything. What they miss is this: to be Grinch-like, you must not just seek to ruin someone’s Christmas, but in the end, discoverÂ the holiday’s meaning andÂ find redemption.
A few examples of misplaced Grinchitude:
Grinch steals Christmas from multiple Shreveport families
Grinch steals gifts meant for 3 year-old girl
Sparks Grinch Gets Six Months In Jail
This year I noticed another type of Grinch story, people who are stealing Christmas lights, wreaths and other decorations:
Upstate Grinch Steals Holiday Lights
“Grinch” caught stealing holiday decorations
Grinch swipes $800 in Christmas lights from New Dorp home
Consider this for a second: are people who steal Christmas decorations actually Grinchy? NotÂ if they want to use the stolen decorations to deck their own halls. That is absolutely not Grinch-like.
One encouraging note: this story aboutÂ a school in Missouri that’s using the Grinch tale to teach kids to be better people. As a bonus, these children will grow upÂ understandingÂ the significance of how the Grinch is not just bad, but good. Yes, it’s unfortunate that they’re making the kids watch Ron Howard’s hideous Grinch movie, but it’s a step in the right direction.