Sunday, December 13, 2009
One of my favorite Christmas quotes ...
One of my favorite Christmas cartoon characters, created by Dr. Seuss, is the Grinch. He first appeared in the 1957 children's book, How the Grinch Stole Christmas! This was followed in 1966 by a popular television special also titled How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Over the years, the Grinch has become synonymous with the Charles Dickens' character, Scrooge, as a word to describe someone who dislikes Christmas. The Grinch lives on snowy Mount Crumpit, a mountain north of friendly Whoville. The Grinch keeps to himself, living only with his dog, Max. Characterized as having a heart "two sizes too small," the Grinch becomes annoyed by and later jealous of the Whos, who are busy preparing for Christmas. The book and the special were part of my childhood Christmas for years. They were also part of my children's Christmas traditions. The following passage from the book is one of my favorite Christmas quotes.
"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 and puzzled 'till his puzzler was sore.
Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before.
What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store.
What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more."
~ Dr. Seuss~