How to Deal with a Grinch

We all know one. You're just minding your own business, loving the holiday season and spreading your joy when along comes.... a Grinch. Grinches can be hard to deal with, they're heartless, fun-sucking, cottonheaded ninnymuggins. Okay, that's a bit extreme. They're not so bad, we just have to learn how to deal with them. Here are some sure fire ways to deal with those Grinches in your life while maintaining your own holiday spirit!


You might want to plaster your desk with holiday decorations and blast those Christmas tunes all the live long work day, but if you're working around a Grinch this might invite an uncomfortable month in the office and inevitable snide Grinchy comments. Tone it down a bit around those you know are headed for Santa's Naughty list. Share your enthusiasm with those who will appreciate it and know when to stop if things start taking a turn.


On the other hand, don't go changing. Just be your cheerful self and let the negativity roll right off your shoulders. When someone starts debating the necessity to keep Christmas in its place after Thankgiving, remind them that both holidays share the same giving and generous spirit. They are part of the same holiday season and you can love them both! You'll notice most people who are excited about Christmas also enthusiastically celebrate Thanksgiving and spend it having a wonderful time with family. The glow of the holiday season encompasses both and that's okay. 


Have you ever seen a Christmas lover, put on the same kind of nasty debate face that a Grinch does? Probably not. You don't have to convince the world of Grinches to be like you, they just have to accept that you're not changing either. Kill them with kindness, spread the spirit of generosity their way and leave them with a cheerful smile. 

And if those things don't work...


Perform an all out Christmas Carol Intervention on them. Bring in the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future. Really work those sentimental memories and fear based premonitions. The bigger the production the better. One way or another that Grinchy Scrooge is going to love Christmas by the time you're done with them. His shriveled heart will grow three sizes from your holiday infused intervention. 

True, that last one is radical (it could be super fun though). Bottom line is, Grinches be Grinches. You can't win them all over but you can stay positive. The spirit of the season is all about gratitude and generosity. Remember:

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