I'm going to start with an assumption here: we all know who the Grinch is. The first identity that comes to mind is green and fuzzy. He's different, he's a grouch, and he's bitter as heck against Christmas. We remember his appearance in our childhood as the frightening monster who broke into houses, ate all the food, stole all the presents, and destroyed all of the decorations. We remember him as being a character that embodies the spirit of the adversary and he is the enemy of cheer. He loathes Christmas music, and he refuses to engage with any sentimental aspect of the holiday, instead choosing focusing on the horde of trash he protects in his icy lair! He is the "Satan" of Mt. Krumpet, and he unleashes his perilous curse to any who may be as unlucky to interact with him!
It's difficult to recognize a redeeming quality when thinking of the Grinch. We can't really say he has aesthetic (remember what he tried to wear to the Whoville celebration?), we can't say he is responsible (poor Max!), he's mean to everybody, he's not self aware (he thinks he hates Christmas, but he actually is just hurt by the memory of his youth) and the list goes on, making it more and more evident to us Satanists that sometimes there are some examples of the "adversary" which do not represent who we are. We see it in the Grinch: who would want to be like him? Certainly not us. He's clearly miserable.
Yet, we do find the Grinch very relatable. Those Christmas songs are a-n-n-o-y-i-n-g! If a baby is shivering away in a manger, "bring him a blanket, you dumb shit, not gold coins!" (as my wife's candid remark to the radio goes...) But that's not all there is to the season that is tiring. For many of us, we have to act. For many of us, we have to "hide our horns" and pretend that we are Christian like our relatives all the while all we really want to do is: go stuff our faces, get rid of these damn gifts that are totally wrong for us, and maybe punch that plastic baby Jesus lawn ornament into Santa's sleigh, lit aglow just behind him. Ah ha ha hah! That'd be a fun sight, wouldn't it be? Well, if but we could get away with it...and we know we wouldn't. Still, that's what plays in our head while we stand there in that awkward family setting and resist that urge... We have an urge to be the Grinch himself in more cases than we'd like to admit.
After we recognize that this is what our inner grouchiness about the holiday does to us, it's much easier to take a step back and refocus. It's the way that we think about a situation which brings us stress and ruins it before it even begins. I challenge you to spend today in bliss. Strip away all of the things which usually seem to distract you about the holiday and find what truly matters about it to you.
Here are a few tips from experience.
May they serve you well today!
You are not a fortune teller!
Although you can certainly anticipate that a thing will happen, worrying about it happening isn't going to make it any easier for you if it does happen. For instance, "I hope nobody brings up politics," automatically puts you in a mood 10x grouchier when someone brings it up because you feel, in a sense, let down that this was 'inevitable.' If someone starts talking about something you don't like, you don't have to suffer it. You can also change the conversation or leave. How do you leave? You say, "I'm so sorry, excuse me one second," and you walk away.
This is really personal.
Religion is personal. It's so personal that sometimes we forget that it's not as important as we think it is. Spirituality is absolutely an essential part of humanity, but it is only one part of many. Your guests/hosts/family/friends have an entire spectrum of things that makes them more important than their stance on religion alone. It seems weird, but if possible, disconnect yourself from the religiousness of the holiday. If you have to hide your horns, remember:
They're just words.
If you feel uncomfortable when/if someone says Grace, remember what Grace is: a spell. Christians appeal to god to work miracles. Giving thanks to a power source is a spell, it's a poem, it's someone verbalizing their intention, their desire, their will. It doesn't have to matter to you. You lose nothing by respecting their customs; doing so does not betray your identity as a Satanist because performing their ritual (which means nothing to you) does not mean that it does mean something to you. All it means is that you recognize that it is important to them.
Exclusively commercial holidays are depressing!
Focus on what really matters. For me, it's the people I am with and the beauty of nature itself. The whole "Keep Christ in Christmas Campaign" needs to go back to 1870 when President Grant went and made Christmas a federal holiday (due to absenteeism??). That means it's secular in the United States as well. So, don't worry about those people. Not only do you have every right to say "Merry Christmas," and keep Christ out of it, but you can enjoy a holiday without feeling compelled to think it's about compulsive capitalism as well!
Merry Christmas, everyone, in the most secular way. I hope the time spent with others today brings you every second of joy that you deserve!
Who is the Witch?
Once I called myself a Christian, then an atheist, and a Satanist. At the end of the day, I'm just a person who is living her truth one day at a time. I'm interested in religion, its effects on the mind, the occult, and more. Learn more about me on the about page.