The books can be seen as an indictment of Christmas with it’s focus on presents or seen as another version of Dicken’s A Christmas Carol, but either way it was a classic Christmas tale.
In 1966 the Chuck Jones Christmas special aired for the first time and became a yearly tradition. Boris Karloff was the narrator and the special was a big hit and soon became a Christmas classic.
I would have been 5 years old when this special first aired and I don’t remember that first year specifically but I don’t remember an year where I didn’t look forward to this special. I can pretty much quote it from memory and sing the songs and it still holds up today. I did not see the Jim Carrey movie, the movie was unnecessary, the Christmas special was perfect as it is and I still watch it every year.