Saturday, December 15, 2012

NOTD: Jingtinglers

Hello!!

"And they'll shriek squeaks and squeals, racing 'round on their wheels.
They'll dance with jingtinglers tied onto their heels."

The highlight of my Christmas season has always been my yearly viewing of 'How The Grinch Stole Christmas!" and 'A Charlie Brown Christmas'.  As a child, I remember laughing and loving all of the silly names for the silly toys that the Whos played with during their celebration, and I wanted to capture the spirit of those toys here. I used a base of Jindie Nails The Grinch (Indie alert; I will be reviewing this later in the week), and then stamped over it using China Glaze Holly-Day and Bundle Monster plate 206. Don't these look like they could be jingtinglers?:

They'll dance with jingtinglers tied onto their heels!

They'll blow their floofloovers. They'll bang their tartookas.

They'll blow their whohoopers. They'll bang their gardookas!

Eventually I got my own copy of the show on DVD, and I love not having to watch it when the networks decide to air it--which was usually shortly after Thanksgiving when I was growing up. For me, the time that makes sense to watch The Grinch is Christmas Eve--to remind myself what is really important about Christmas as the celebration begins. 

Because Dr. Seuss wanted to remind us that we aren't celebrating things. We aren't celebrating those jingtinglers, or any of the other trappings. The jingtinglers are a way, a tool, that we use to show our joy and to celebrate what really matters. And as we all now, even after the The Grinch stole everything, Christmas still came: 


"He hadn't stopped Christmas from coming! It came!
Somehow or other, it came just the same!
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!"
He puzzled and puzzed till his puzzler was sore.
Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before.
Maybe Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store.
Maybe Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more."


Amid the shopping, the hustle & the bustle, and unfortunately the tragedy of this Christmas season, I leave you with that sentiment and this: hugs your loved ones close this Christmas, and shake those jingtinglers with the joy and gratitude of celebrating what's truly important in life. 

Xoxox,
M.


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