“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.”

I love that line from the Grinch. It’s my job as a celebrant to find meaning, to help you find meaning, and to celebrate what we found on that little journey.

For me, Christmas is that sanctioned time every year where we single out a few people that we think are awesome, that we love, and we spend time with them, we give them gifts, we cook for them, we serve them and we hug each other and get some people under the mistletoe.

The theme of the day starts to sounds really familiar to Gary Chapman’s book about the five love languages, which are:

  • Words of affirmation
  • Quality time
  • Gifts
  • Acts of service
  • Physical touch

It’s amazing that when you find out what someone’s love language is, and you “speak” to them in that language then they feel loved. I can always pinpoint a problem that Britt or I have had down to one of us not speaking in the other’s love language. If you said I love you in English to a Japanese person who didn’t speak English, they’d never understand you.

Love someone this Christmas, with purpose, in their language. You’d be surprised by the season that would greet you and how much better your Christmas could be this year.

Pro tip: You can find out your, or someone else’s, love language here 5lovelanguages.com