Inspirations by Janet: Christmas Traditions

Inspirations by Janet: Christmas Traditions

By Janet Izzo
And the Grinch with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled ’till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store? What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more? ~ Dr. Seuss

I think the Grinch eventually got the right idea. Christmas is more than what is under the tree…it’s what’s in our hearts. As adults, we all know that. But somehow, part of it has to include the look and excitement on our children’s faces as they unwrap their gifts.
It also has to include the joy of families and friends gathering together to laugh and eat and play games or tell stories. It must include the entire spirit of Christmas…however we choose to celebrate it. I am pretty sure that’s what the Savior of the world would have wanted as we celebrate his birth. 
And may I suggest writing down your Christmas traditions for posterity? Someday, perhaps a great, great grandchild would like to know what you did way back in 2010 to celebrate Christmas. Tell her (or him) exactly what Christmas means to you and what you did to celebrate the day. What are your family traditions? What is your all-time favorite story, favorite gift and favorite carol? 
Nurses, your personal story could possibly be one of the greatest gifts you could ever give!  And don’t be a Grinch…keep on writing the events of your life! There’s more than one and more than two, there’s maybe even three or four! 

About the Author

Janet Izzo is a registered nurse in the state of Minnesota and a member of the Minnesota Nurses Association. She is an inspirational speaker and author of “Hotel Hennepin,” which chronicles her experiences working in a large county hospital in the heart of Minneapolis. The stories Janet relates in “Hotel Hennepin” are poignant, sad and hysterically funny, but all are amazingly true! She is passionate about the nursing profession, and she now speaks to nurses and nursing students across the nation on the topic “Nurses Can Make the Difference.”


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