How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966)

The version of How the Grinch Stole Christmas released in 2000 with Jim Carrey is fine, but the 1966 TV short cartoon is still my Grinch. It’s one of the classic Christmas shows I always watched this time of year as a child and still makes me happy to watch over again.

It’s simple in its portrayal of Dr Seuss’ tale and the narration by Boris Karloff is still what I hear whenever I think of the story of the Grinch. Beginning with the Grinch watching over Whoville with his little dog Max, imagining their Christmas celebrations due to happen the next day, he is just a lonely creature who doesn’t understand the true meaning of Christmas. He dislikes it because he believes it to be all about the food and presents. And so he hatches a plan to steal that all away from the Whos, thereby stealing away their precious Christmas.

They’re finding out now that no Christmas is coming! They’re just waking up, I know just what they’ll do. Their mouths will hang open a minute or two, then the Whos down in Whoville will all cry, “Boo Hoo.”

But in the morning, as he looks over the village, the Whos still come out and sing, celebrating Christmas without the decorations, presents and feast that the Grinch stole away. They begin to sing and he comes to realize that maybe Christmas is about something more than the material aspects of the holiday.

 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! And what happened, then? Well, in Whoville they say – that the Grinch’s small heart grew three sizes that day. And then – the true meaning of Christmas came through, and the Grinch found the strength of *ten* Grinches, plus two!

And so a grumpy old hermit comes to see the true meaning of Christmas – and what I love about the season. Get past the commercialization, pushing Christmas trees, decorations and presents to simply enjoy the season and the people around you. What Christmas is really about are friends and family being together. It’s easy nowadays to get wrapped up with the advertising from companies pushing products on us and ruining the holidays for a lot of people. So just remember what it’s all really about and enjoy it – with or without presents. Although I do still like a good feast.

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