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Poll: Do you get grumpy this time of year?

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The Daily Catch - published on 12/21/16

There are plenty of reasons to be grumpy while getting ready for the holiday season. The tree needs to go up, presents need to be acquired, then there’s the lights and lawn ornaments… Zoe Romanowsky writes in today about Christmas grumpiness and gives us a few ideas on how to turn the frown upside down.

Grab for gratitude. Being deeply grateful is an effective antedote to grumpiness. When we feel sorry for ourselves, when we believe we are owed something more, or that we’re lacking this or that, we’re forgetting God’s goodness. How are you blessed? Call it to mind. Write it down. Say it out loud. Being grateful doesn’t mean you don’t have problems; it means you have perspective. Forget about “simplicity.” Trying to simplify Christmas is a worthy goal, especially as it pertains to all the commercialism, but don’t overdo trying to make Christmas the equivalent of a get-away-from-it-all vacation. It’s the greatest birthday party of the year and deserves to be celebrated, which means it’s bound to be extra work and that’s okay. Cut back where you can, but embrace the festive nature of the season.

There are many stories of grumpiness for the holidays, there’s the Grinch and Scrooge, heck even Charlie Brown was grumpy! With this in mind we would like to ask.

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