Maybe Christmas, The Grinch Thought, Doesn't Come From A Store

Maybe Christmas, the Grinch thought, doesn’t come from a store.
— Dr. Seuss

Christmas is coming up really quick! It seems like just yesterday I was photographing the Silicon Valley Turkey Trot and then stuffing my face with turkey! The holiday season is always a magical time, but many of us forget what the holidays are really about.

Throughout the year, I hear people talk about how they need Christmas to come so they can get that new make-up palette, cell phone, action figure, doll house, pair of shoes, purse, vacuum, or even, if they're so lucky, the Camaro they've wanted for so long! So many people get upset about how they wake up Christmas morning, run down the stairs so fast they almost tumble down them, and don't see that new Camaro in the driveway, while there's just as many people that have been standing in line in the cold all night for the local soup kitchen to open up so they can get something warm in their system. We don't realize how lucky we are. I'm super lucky I can make an income as a professional photographer. I have a nice car that's in my name at 18. I get the chance to work 60+ hours a week, 6-7 days a week, and have a house, a bed, a TV and warm food to come home to. I'm thankful that I have the hardship of having to chose which camera model I spend thousands of dollars on next. Some people on this planet don't even earn that much in a year. I have light to capture photos with and see what I'm doing. I have a computer to edit photographs, read articles, write blogs, and even watch pointless comedy videos on YouTube while I'm on my phone scrolling through Twitter. I can send anyone I care about a message and they can read it instantly.

It really is amazing how much we all have, yet we're so disappointed that we don't have more. I challenge you guys to do something (or lots of somethings!) selfless this season. Help out at a local soup kitchen, give a food gift card to someone less fortunate that you pass on the way to work everyday, donate some blankets and jackets you don't use anymore to a local charity or homeless shelter. Enjoy what you already have. Make an extra nice dinner at home for a loved one that usually cooks for you, curl up on the couch and watch a movie with your family and friends, go on a drive and explore a place that you're fortunate enough to be able to travel to yet haven't. Enjoy the season and have a Merry Christmas! -Michael