Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas

All the Whos of Whoville enjoy celebrating Christmas. The Grinch arrives in Whoville as a baby, adopted by two elderly women. He was a timid child who had a crush on Martha May Whovier, one of the prettiest girls in his school, who showed empathy towards him. Bully Augustus MayWho, however, was jealous that Martha liked the Grinch more than him and began to mock him for having a beard. Because of this, on the day of the school’s Christmas party, the Grinch cut his face while attempting to shave, to which his classmates—except Martha—laughed at him and caused the Grinch to lose his temper and declare that he hates Christmas. He fled to the top of Mount Crumpit, north of Whoville, where he then took up residence.

Years later, nobody liked the Grinch because of his mean-spiritedness, especially at Christmastime. But six-year-old Cindy Lou Who believes that everyone is missing the point about Christmas by focusing too much on the gifts and festivities and too little on the personal relationships. She encounters the Grinch at the post office and later discovers his tragic past.

Cindy nominates the Grinch to be the town’s “Holiday Cheermeister”, much to the displeasure of Augustus MayWho, who is now the mayor of Whoville. Cindy climbs to Mount Crumpit to invite the Grinch to the celebration and he eventually accepts. As Cheermeister, the Grinch participates in several events and begins to have fun, but Mayor MayWho spoils everything by giving him an electric razor as a present reminding him of his childhood humiliation. The Mayor then publicly proposes marriage to Martha and giving her a gaudy engagement ring. Enraged, the Grinch berates the Whos for their materialism by telling them that Christmas is only about gifts that they will end up throwing in the garbage, which is dumped on Mount Crumpit near his home. He burns down the tree (the Whos, however have a spare) and goes on a rampage before returning home to Mt. Crumpit.

Finally fed up with the Whos’ Christmas, the Grinch concocts a plan to crush the Whos’ Christmas spirit by stealing all of their presents, decorations and food while they’re sleeping. He disguises himself as Santa Claus and dresses his dog Max as a reindeer, then descends into Whoville. The first house he enters is Cindy’s, and lies to Cindy when she catches him stealing their tree, allowing him to escape. The Grinch continues stealing all of the gifts, decorations and food and stuffing them all in a large sack, before climbing back to the top of Mt. Crumpit to destroy it all by pushing the sack off the side. When the Whos wake up on Christmas morning, they are horrified to discover the theft and Mayor MayWho blames Cindy for letting the Grinch ruin the holidays for the town. However, her cheerful father, town postmaster Lou Lou Who, comes to his daughter’s defense by explaining to the mayor and all of the other Whos that he has finally figured out what Cindy has been trying to tell the whole town — Christmas is mainly about being together with family and friends, not just gifts and fancy decorations. The Whos agree with Lou and start singing Whoville’s Christmas carol.

Before the Grinch can push the sack of stolen gifts off the top of Mount Crumpit, he hears the Whos singing and realizes that he has failed to prevent Christmas, but then has an epiphany and finally realizes the true meaning of Christmas, causing his heart to grow three sizes. The sleigh full of gifts then begins to slide over the edge of the cliff along with Cindy, who had come to spend Christmas with him. The Grinch gets the strength to lift the loaded sleigh and carry Cindy to safety, and they ride down the mountain to return everything.

The Grinch tearfully apologizes for his pranks and the burglary before surrendering himself to the police, who accepts his apology and deny the mayor’s request to arrest and pepper spray the Grinch. Martha even turns down his proposal and returns his engagement ring to him, declaring that her heart belongs to the Grinch. Afterwards, the redeemed Grinch joins in the Whos’ celebration feast and carves the roast beast himself in his cave.

Adapted from How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss, Jim Carrey plays the lead as the Grinch. Jim Carrey is a comedic genius and this version of this classic story is well genius and a must see. No one in life can go through without seeing it. I just don’t get how people can not want to watch it. Its hilarious, heart warming and gives you all the feels. My child on the other hand started to watch it and wasn’t thrilled because of the makeup on the actors. He said it was too weird. Unfortunately, Netflix too off both the 2018 versions just before Christmas so this was his only option. I ended up having to skip forward through the funny scenes just so he could enjoy it. But we did have a fun movie Night with Hot Cocoa and a Grinch themed Day. You can check out the recipes at Matthew’s Kitchen and the educational side at Homeschooling in NYC.

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