Sunday, November 4, 2012


How the Grinch Stole Christmas was first published in 1957, the classic children’s tale about a Grinch who hates the yearly Christmas celebrations in the nearby village of Whooville. The Grinch, along with his sweet dog, Max does what he can to destroy Christmas by stealing all the food and decorations.

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.