Christmas with the Grumps   Leave a comment

Perhaps you know them.

Grump #1 – Mr.. Humbug.  Bah gets absolutely upset at all of the extra activities, plays, meals, parties, etc. that hog up his time to either sit back and relax or spend extra time hunting.  He would much rather put in his 40 at work, come home to a warm meal, and spend time in the woods, the shop, the garage or the yard.  Stringing up lights is the last thing he wants to do.

Grump #2 – Mrs.. Humbug.  Doesn’t seem to mind the extra events so much, but does nothing but complain over all of the extra food that needs prepared, whines over having to once again be the volunteer to clean up the mess in the church kitchen, and will never let you forget how much extra effort it took her to make the costume for Junior in this year’s play.

Grump #3 – Junior Humbug.  Wants to do everything and be involved with all activities that have been added to the schedule, but gets easily aggravated when Mr.. & Mrs.. Humbug won’t let him have it all because of their own dreadful circumstances.  So, Junior is frequently loud and obnoxious when letting the world know how much this Christmas has been ruined because Mr.. & Mrs.. Humbug just don’t seem to love him any more.

Grump #4 – Baby Humbug.  Baby is normally a good, quiet child.  After all, her main function in this family is to simply go where taken and enjoy all of the cheek pinching & kissing that naturally comes with being so cute.  However, with all of the madness that is happening in the Humbug family this season, she whimpers when Bah walks by because he hasn’t done anything but scowl at her since Thanksgiving.  She whines when Junior walks by because he hasn’t been in the mood to play with her since not being allowed to go to that party last week.  She screams when Mrs.. Humbug walks by because, well, she just walked by without the common courtesy of a kiss, hug, or even smile.  So what if that pie burns?  I’m the baby here!!

You can moan and groan all you want this Christmas season.  Yes, it’s wild – madness personified into the world’s largest calendar.  We all get busy, tired, frustrated and emotionally drained.  But remember this….

“Today in the town of David a Savior had been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.”  Luke 2:11, NIV.

God came to us in the form of a child, who would one day redeem us all.  Don’t be a Grump. 

Posted September 11, 2008 by David N. Peppler, Sr. in Christmas, Holidays, Love of God

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