Day 7 of Christmas Nightlight Readings: How the Grinch Stole Christmas
A childhood classic, originally published in 1957, Dr. Seuss was at his genius again with How the Grinch Stole Christmas. As a child we do not realize it, but the story is about the commercialization and exploitation of Christmas. The story is about the Grinch who does everything in his power to stop Christmas, stealing presents, decorations, and even who-ham (in some ways the Grinch follows the tradition of Ebenezer Scrooge). He thinks that if he could steal everything then the citizens of Whoville will not have Christmas. However, this does not stop the holiday, for all the Whos come out Christmas morning to sing around their naked tree and celebrate togetherness and the spirit of Christmas. Realizing his big mistake, the Grinch sheds a tear and his heart grows ten sizes in result.
Not only is this one of my favorite children's Christmas books, it has to be one of my favorite animated films of the holidays, as well as a full length motion picture.
“To study history is to study the motives, the opinions, and the passions of men in order to know all the successes, the initiatives and the detours, and finally all the illusions that they make known to the mind and the surprises that they make the heart feel. In a word, it is to learn to known oneself in others.”—Jean Mabillon, 15th c. Benedictine scholar.