Christmas is the season of merriment, love, laughter, and hot chocolate. This beautiful season of comfort brings together friends and family under the blessings of the Lord Almighty.
Our beloved Santa Claus sleighs from the north pole to distribute smiles and presents to children around the globe. How can anyone hate the Christmas season except for our grumpy old Grinch?
“Every Who Down in Who-ville Liked Christmas a lot… But the Grinch, Who lived just north of Who-ville, Did Not!”
Quoted from the book How the Grinch Stole Christmas explains, “Why does the Grinch hate Christmas?”
1. Who is the Grinch?
Grinch is a cartoon character developed by the world-renowned Dr. Seuss. He was a famous cartoonist and author of kids’ books from America.
The Grinch was a loner who lived on mount crumpit, north of the small town of Whoville. He was a green hairy vile creature whose heart was two sizes smaller than all the people.
2. Why Does The Grinch Hate Christmas?
In the book written by Dr. Seuss, there were a few vague explanations. One of them is that his shoes are too tight. Another plausible reason would be that his heart was two sizes too small. Or, his head wasn’t screwed up right.
3. The Grinch’s Christmas Exploits
53-year-old Grinch set his screwed-up mind on ruining Christmas in Whoville. Grinch hates Christmas! The whos of the Whoville should know how annoying it was for him the past 53 years.
Grinch decided to steal Christmas from the whos of the Whoville. The raid began the night before Christmas when the people of Whoville were sound asleep and were waiting for the day to dawn.
Grinch and his dog Max ransacked the houses in Whoville town. He despised the whos of the Whoville who found immense happiness in material goods, like ornaments, gifts, and food.
3.1 What did the Grinch Steal before Christmas?
As he raided the houses of the whos, he stole all the decorations, food, toys, and Christmas presents laid under the Christmas tree. He camouflaged himself as Santa Claus and slipped into the chimneys filling the bags with gifts while eating all the food from the houses he stole.
The Grinch was strong-headed in stealing the Christmas tree from one of the houses. Cindy Lou woke for a glass of water in the middle of the night and witnessed an unusual glimpse of a green Santa.
As startled and puzzled as the Grinch was when he saw Cindy, his ability to lie his heart out made Cindy go back to bed.
The Grinch loaded his sleigh with stolen gifts and decorations and hoped his way to the mount crumpit. With a snarly sneer and the stolen goods, he waited to hear the cries and sobs of the people from Whoville on Christmas day.
3.2 What Happened After Grinch Stole Christmas Presents?
With a sense of mission accomplishment, the Grinch was surprised to see the town’s people gather around to enjoy the holiday.
He scratched his hairy head hard and pondered for hours behind the reason for the merriment. Suddenly, his heart size increased three sizes bigger, as he found there was a true meaning of Christmas.
With a sudden epiphany, the Grinch gave back the stolen Christmas presents. Following a sincere apology, the Grinch opened up to the whos and began to enjoy Christmas.
The magic of Christmas made the stingy Grinch love Christmas by instilling a sense of morality and benevolence. Never underestimate how kindness and happiness can melt a stone-cold heart!
Hence, the story of a grumpy Grinch has finally received a happy ending.
4. The Grinch’s Story Continues in a Film
The first Grinch movie aired on TV in 1966, a decade after the book’s release. How the Grinch Stole Christmas was the first cartoon adaptation of the book.
After a couple of years, Jim Carrey starred in the live-action film How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Jim Carrey’s version had an in-depth plot and introduction to new characters not in the book.
The characters included Martha Scrooge, the Mayor, Cindy Lou, Grinch’s adopted parents, etc. The movie has a love story between the ever-gorgeous Scrooge and our stinky green-haired Grinch. The child, Cindy Lou, plays a significant role in influencing the Grinch on a positive note.
A fun fact from the making of the movie, it took Jim approximately 400 hours in makeup to look like the Grinch.
The latest adaptation was the cartoon movie, The Grinch, released in 2018. As a fun note, in 2020, Kylie Jenner released her infamous The Grinch makeup collection that surprised Grinch fans globally.
5. What Does the Grinch Teach you?
Gifts are an expression of love. There is no need for expensive gifts to show express love and gratitude. The thought and a pure heart to give and receive gifts without expectation is a sign of purity.
Christmas is a joyous festival, irrespective of the material goods. A festival that binds a family together and expresses gratitude towards one another.
The absence of gratitude and empathy in the Grinch made him hate Christmas and less appreciative of love and kindness.
With this realization, the Grinch found the true purpose of celebrating Christmas and the true meaning of love. You can learn to be happy with the small things you receive from your family, friends, or God.
The story of the Mean Grinch who stole Christmas to the Grinch who saved Christmas is a protagonist and an antagonist in the same plot. If a Christmas-hating Grinch can change for the betterment of others, the story includes several life lessons to implement in a person’s life.
By the end of the story, Why does the Grinch Hate Christmas, has been answered in the book How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss.
The Grinch and the whos lived happily together eternally..