The Grinch’s Lesson: Christmas Doesn’t Come from a Store

Posted by on December 19, 2012.

The holiday season is upon us. People are bustling, presents are being wrapped, Christmas lights are being strung, and How The Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss is being read. Children are cuddling up to read about the menacing old Grinch, a wicked, sour, evil thing that lives in a cave, hating all the Whos down in Whoville and cursing their Christmas spirit.

The Grinch comes up with an awful idea… to steal Christmas! The Grinch, with his trusty dog Max, sneaks into Whoville and steals the trees, the stockings, and even the Christmas feast from all the Whos’ houses, barely leaving a crumb for a mouse.

When he retreats back to his cave on Mount Crumpit, he stops to listen to the sniffling of the Whos down in Whoville, but he is taken aback when he hears them singing merrily. He doesn’t understand, how could this be?

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!”

When he comes to this realization, the Grinch rides back into Whoville, returning all the presents and the puddings, and making up for his horrid behavior. The book ends with him carving the roast beast, and celebrating Christmas with all of Whoville.

I remember reading this book with my Dad every winter. He would do all the voices, and the sound effects, making an already fantastical book that much more magical. Every time I would listen to, or read the words “The Grinch’s small heart grew three sizes that day!”, I would feel my own heart grow a little more to with the Christmas spirit.

This book also taught me that Christmas wasn’t a materialistic holiday. It was a day where you spend time with your family and enjoy what you already have. It’s always fun to rip open the red and green paper to reveal something you’ve been wanting, but it’s certainly not as satisfying as looking around and admiring the cheery faces of your family and the bright lights of a Christmas tree.

Every child should learn the lesson the Grinch teaches, so snuggle up with your kid and a cup of hot cocoa, and read about how it’s not all about the logo.

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