noun | Informal | \’Grinch\ | English
: an unpleasant person who spoils other people for their fun and enjoyment
: a person who is mean-spirited and unfriendly
Source: Google| Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary
Merry Christmas! Today’s word starts off with the Christmas Season, “Grinch”.
Each year, you’d find these people sitting across or beside you in one of your festive family’s dinners and lunches. They aren’t really that uncommon. In fact, I’d guess probably 1 out of every family is one. Who knows? It could be your Aunt. Could be your Uncle. Could be your Papa. Your cousin? You too, maybe? Don’t deny it. There are times during the festive season where everyone feels happy and joyful while you were there rotting away on the corner of the sofa, tuning everyone out and thinking to yourself. Damn, the wifi’s slow in here. Well, do not fret for I, my dear friend, have thought of a few steps on how to not be a Grinch this Christmas (and hopefully also not make other people grinches themselves).
- LET THEM HAVE THEIR SLEEP THE DAY BEFORE
I could not stress this enough. No one in their right minds would be “okay” or “fine” after just 30 minutes of nap time on the road. Let me quote the movie.
“[…]7:00, wrestle with my self-loathing… I’m booked. Of course, if I bump the loathing to 9, I could still be done in time to lay in bed, stare at the ceiling and slip slowly into madness. But what would I wear? ”
– The Grinch, The Grinch that stole Christmas
Everyone, even our ideal “Grinch”, could not deny that sleep affects our mood in a lot more ways than one. How? It said in the quote itself. The Grinch doesn’t sleep. Most of the time, he just wallows into the thoughts of his own mind on the bed. Although that cannot be stopped, a few hours of sleep after would do wonders. A human averagely needs 7 to 8 hours a day. If not properly given, harmful long-term effects would occur. Some of them include depression, wrinkles, obesity, etc. Familiar?
P.s. Rest would seem good as well. Although not as effective as a long peaceful night of sleep, resting would prove useful if balanced with the amount of work done.
- LET THEM HAVE ENOUGH SPACE ON THEIR OWN
Okay, I understand the argument on this one. What’s the holidays after all without spending it with loved ones? The thing is that not a lot of people are capable of socializing as much. “But they had an entire year to recharge and be alone”, you start, “This is the only time we’d spend time with them. What? We have to allot time here too?”True. However, all those other 364 days were not only spent resting and being alone. Those 364 days were used “socializing” as well. Although we, let’s say, spent the other 364 days resting, a battery charged for how long would still be drained by the end of the day. Its capacity wouldn’t change. This comes with some people. Don’t worry, we mean well and we actually want to know all about how everyone’s been doing this past year but, please, I’m sorry for suddenly sitting quietly in a corner, recharging for my life. I don’t want to stop socializing, but please give me a moment to recharge myself to be able to socialize more.
- FOOD FOR THE HEART
Everyone here loves food. Well, that is if you consider the taste of food instead of the calorie intake. Then, everybody loves food. Give a few snacks here and there that you’re sure they’ll enjoy. Then, maybe you’ll see a Christmas miracle (The Un-Grinching of the Grinch).