Book Photo Challenge: Day 23: I Can Relate…

Originally posted 2015-12-23 17:00:34.

For this month’s Books and Cupcakes, we’re focusing on Children’s books. Today’s topic is “I can Relate” and my choice for this one is…


Before you think I hate Christmas, the whole Christmas season, please sit back and allow me to reason.

I memorized this book at a very young age, cover to cover, word for word, page by page.

I translated the book En Francais, a feat I still tout about to this day.

This story is wonderful, amazing and grand. I loved it since the first day it was placed in my hand.

But why in the world could a person relate? Why would anyone share the old Grinch’s fate?

Christmas as an adult is expensive and hard. The cookies, the decorating, the sending of cards.

Stress goes up with gifts yet to buy, while praying that packages arrive safe and dry

Stress increases again with preparing food and drink, filling the fridge, creating dirty dishes, overflowing the sink!

Stress continues to mount as the clock counts down, Forcing a smile as I carol with friends on the town.

Then the stress breaks followed by a hatred of tradition, Why do we do this? Why the imposition?

“The 12 Pains of Christmas” becomes my favorite tune, or “What is Christmas?” ’cause TSO is how I croon.

Then Christmas Eve comes and family members arrive, suddenly the stress disappears, suddenly everything’s alive.

Alive in the laughter, the joy, the tears, alive in the memories throughout the years.

And then at church, under flickering candlelight, singing in a cappella harmony silent night

I remember as the Grinch learns after his uphill climb, there’s transcending magic and love at Christmastime.


Hello everyone! I'm a 30-year old Middle School science teacher, which gets all kinds of reactions. When I'm not teaching, I'm either writing, playing video games, practicing violin, drawing, or reading. I've spent many hours hiking in the woods and have been known to stargaze. I live in Maryland with my awesome, supportive, and loving husband and although we don't have kids yet, my 100+ students keep me busy.