November 30, 2010

How The Grinch Stole Christmas!

I know you have heard of How the Grinch Stole Christmas!  It is a children's story--no, change that to--It is for ages 3 and up.  That way it will include us, too, for we all enjoy this book.  
How the Grinch Stole Christmas! was written by Dr. Seuss in rhymed verse and published as a book by Random House in 1957.  In a nutshell, the book criticizes the commercialization of Christmas.

The Grinch has a heart that is "two sizes too small".  He lives with his dog Max on a high mountain north of Whoville.  As the Grinch sits on the mountain, he can hear the people down below happily participating in Christmas merriment.  

The Grinch decides to go down and steal all the Christmas presents, holiday ham and decorations.  Surely that would keep Christmas from coming, right?  But no, Christmas comes anyway, leading the Grinch to realize that Christmas is more than just ham, decorations, and presents.
"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!"
And he puzzled three hours, `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!"

The Grinch's heart grows three sizes larger, and he returns all the presents and trimmings that he had stolen.  Of course, all the people in Whoville welcome him warmly into the community, in the Spirit of Christmas!

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