Kermit Says: Make Earth Day Every Day!

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Dr. Seuss is one of my favorite authors. I know, I know. Of all the authors, this English teacher’s favorite is Theodore Seuss Geisel, an American artist and children’s author known for greats like Green Eggs and Ham, The Cat in the Hat, and (of course) How the Grinch Stole Christmas. His texts are not merely filled with imaginative characters and silly rhymes, but instead are allegories that explore highly political and social issues. His subversive works challenge readers to think critically about racial and religious equality, materialism, and environmentalism and, in some ways, even empowers readers to affect change. The 1971 classic, The Lorax, is one of those stories that does just that!

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Kermit Says: Give Peace, Love, and Joy

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, I’m sure you’ve stumbled upon radio stations playing 24-hours of Christmas tunes (NSYNCs Christmas album, anyone?), seen a myriad of commercials informing your Christmas wish lists (gotta love those Apple and Coca-Cola commercials), and wasted countless hours watching Christmas-themed films (It’s a Wonderful Life and Elf are among my favorites)! It’s so easy to get brain washed around the holidays, so easy to forget the true reason for the season.

Whatever holiday you celebrate, don’t get caught up in the presents, but be presentbe in the moment.

Whatever holiday you celebrate, don’t get caught up in the gifts, but be a gift to someone else…give love.

Whatever holiday you celebrate, don’t get caught up in the lights, but be the light in someone else’s life.

Whatever holiday you celebrate, don’t get caught up in the man, but in the Mancelebrate God’s promises.

And whatever holiday you celebrate, don’t get caught up in what society sells you, but listen to your heart for Christmas lives inside of you. 

So, instead of letting (only) the presents under the tree bring you happiness, focus on giving and receiving what money can’t buy: peace, love, and joy!