‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas!’ is Still a Holiday Classic!
If you love Dr. Seuss then you no doubt love his classic How the Grinch Stole Christmas! This book, told completely in rhyme, is a family favorite and has been since its first publishing in 1957. It has been turned into a full-length feature film and a TV movie, and is a story that every parent should consider handing down to their children during the holidays.
The story, told completely in rhyming verse, is a criticism of the commercialization of Christmas. It centers around the Grinch, a bitter, cave-dwelling creature whose heart is ‘two sizes too small.’ He looks down from his mountaintop cave on Whoville, in which dwell the simple Whos, and he grows irritated at the sound of their Christmas preparations. In order to ‘keep Christmas from coming,’ he decides to descend up on Whoville on Christmas Eve and steal all their presents, decorations, ‘roast-beast’ and ‘Who-hash.’
The Grinch is very surprised the next morning when he hears singing and celebration from the town, Christmas having arrived on schedule despite the lack of presents and decadent food. He is touched and his heart grows three sizes bigger. He returns the presents and decorations and is warmly welcomed in the town, and he joins them in their holiday celebration.
The book is considered a classic because it’s told in rhyme, which is great fun for children. A rhyming verse is almost like singing and this helps them to follow the story more easily and even to remember their favorite parts.
It’s also a classic because it has a simple message about Christmas and what makes it special, but isn’t heavy-handed or too preachy. It simply tells a story of one creature who doesn’t understand why the town of Whoville is so happy about Christmas and who goes through a misguided attempt to make them as unhappy as he is; children can easily relate to this type of message!
Adults love the book too because it’s long enough to be involved and to tell a real story so it holds their attention. They can also relate to the story of someone that doesn’t understand what a holiday should be about and who is sneaky and underhanded in trying to get their way. They may even be surprised to learn that the word ‘Grinch’ was made up for the story, and today it’s often applied to people who don’t have the Christmas spirit or who resent seeing celebrations around them.
Check out How the Grinch Stole Christmas! and share it with your family this year. It may be your new Christmas favorite and may be one that you will see your own children sharing with their children one day.