THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS
Christmas a lot...
lived just North of Who-ville,
Grinch hated Christmas! The whole Christmas season!
please don't ask why. No one quite knows the reason.
could be that his head wasn't screwed on quite right.
could be, perhaps, that his shoes were too tight.
I think that the most likely reason of all
have been that his heart was two sizes too small.
heart or his shoes,
stood there on Christmas Eve, hating the Whos,
down from his cave with a sour, Grinchy frown
the warm lighted windows below in their town.
he knew every Who down in Who-ville beneath
busy now, hanging a mistletoe wreath.
they're hanging their stockings!" he snarled with a
is Christmas! It's practically here!"
he growled, with his grinch fingers nervously drumming,
MUST find a way to keep Christmas from coming!"
tomorrow, he knew...
the Who girls and boys
wake up bright and early. They'd rush for their toys!
then! Oh, the noise! Oh, the noise! Noise! Noise! Noise!
one thing he hated! The NOISE! NOISE! NOISE! NOISE!
the Whos, young and old, would sit down to a feast.
they'd feast! And they'd feast!
they'd FEAST! FEAST! FEAST! FEAST!
would start on Who-pudding, and rare Who-roast-beast
was something the Grinch couldn't stand in the least!
do something he liked least of all!
Who down in Who-ville, the tall and the small,
stand close together, with Christmas bells ringing.
stand hand-in-hand. And the Whos would start singing!
sing! And they'd sing!
they'd SING! SING! SING! SING!
the more the Grinch thought of the Who-Christmas-Sing
more the Grinch thought, "I must stop this whole
for fifty-three years I've put up with it now!
MUST stop Christmas from coming!
he got an idea!
A WONDERFUL, AWFUL IDEA!
know just what to do!" The Grinch Laughed in his
he made a quick Santy Claus hat and a coat.
he chuckled, and clucked, "What a great Grinchy
this coat and this hat, I'll look just like Saint
I need is a reindeer..."
Grinch looked around.
since reindeer are scarce, there was none to be found.
that stop the old Grinch...?
The Grinch simply said,
I can't find a reindeer, I'll make one instead!"
he called his dog Max. Then he took some red thread
he tied a big horn on top of his head.
loaded some bags
some old empty sacks
a ramshakle sleigh
he hitched up old Max.
the Grinch said, "Giddyap!"
the sleigh started down
the homes where the Whos
a-snooze in their town.
their windows were dark. Quiet snow filled the air.
the Whos were all dreaming sweet dreams without care
he came to the first house in the square.
is stop number one," The old Grinchy Claus hissed
he climbed to the roof, empty bags in his fist.
he slid down the chimney. A rather tight pinch.
if Santa could do it, then so could the Grinch.
got stuck only once, for a moment or two.
he stuck his head out of the fireplace flue
the little Who stockings all hung in a row.
stockings," he grinned, "are the first things
he slithered and slunk, with a smile most unpleasant,
the whole room, and he took every present!
guns! And bicycles! Roller skates! Drums!
Tricycles! Popcorn! And plums!
he stuffed them in bags. Then the Grinch, very nimbly,
all the bags, one by one, up the chimney!
he slunk to the icebox. He took the Whos' feast!
took the Who-pudding! He took the roast beast!
cleaned out that icebox as quick as a flash.
that Grinch even took their last can of Who-hash!
he stuffed all the food up the chimney with glee.
NOW!" grinned the Grinch, "I will stuff up the
the Grinch grabbed the tree, and he started to shove
he heard a small sound like the coo of a dove.
turned around fast, and he saw a small Who!
Cindy-Lou Who, who was not more than two.
Grinch had been caught by this little Who daughter
got out of bed for a cup of cold water.
stared at the Grinch and said, "Santy Claus, why,
are you taking our Christmas tree? WHY?"
you know, that old Grinch was so smart and so slick
thought up a lie, and he thought it up quick!
my sweet little tot," the fake Santy Claus lied,
a light on this tree that won't light on one side.
I'm taking it home to my workshop, my dear.
fix it up there. Then I'll bring it back here."
his fib fooled the child. Then he patted her head
he got her a drink and he sent he to bed.
when Cindy-Lou Who went to bed with her cup,
went to the chimney and stuffed the tree up!
the last thing he took
the log for their fire.
he went up the chimney himself, the old liar.
their walls he left nothing but hooks, and some wire.
the one speck of food
he left in the house
a crumb that was even too small for a mouse.
did the same thing
the other Whos' houses
the other Whos' mouses!
was quarter past dawn...
the Whos, still a-bed
the Whos, still a-snooze
he packed up his sled,
it up with their presents! The ribbons! The wrappings!
tags! And the tinsel! The trimmings! The trappings!
thousand feet up! Up the side of Mount Crumpit,
rode to the tiptop to dump it!
to the Whos!" he was grinch-ish-ly humming.
finding out now that no Christmas is coming!
just waking up! I know just what they'll do!
mouths will hang open a minute or two
all the Whos down in Who-ville will all cry
a noise," grinned the Grinch,
I simply must hear!"
he paused. And the Grinch put a hand to his ear.
he did hear a sound rising over the snow.
started in low. Then it started to grow...
the sound wasn't sad!
this sound sounded merry!
couldn't be so!
it WAS merry! VERY!
stared down at Who-ville!
Grinch popped his eyes!
he saw was a shocking surprise!
Who down in Who-ville, the tall and the small,
singing! Without any presents at all!
HADN'T stopped Christmas from coming!
or other, it came just the same!
the Grinch, with his grinch-feet ice-cold in the snow,
puzzling and puzzling: "How could it be so?
came without ribbons! It came without tags!
came without packages, boxes or bags!"
he puzzled three hours, `till his puzzler was sore.
the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before!
Christmas," he thought, "doesn't come from a
Christmas...perhaps...means a little bit more!"
what happened then...?
Who-ville they say
the Grinch's small heart
three sizes that day!
the minute his heart didn't feel quite so tight,
whizzed with his load through the bright morning light
he brought back the toys! And the food for the feast!
Grinch carved the roast beast!