The Grinch became a holiday icon for stealing and returning Christmas from the Whos down in Whoville, and his transformational tale remains timeless to both children and adults. In fact, every time we hear Dr. Seuss' "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," we seem to pick up on something new.
Here are 13 things we've learned over the years from watching The Grinch learn about Christmas:
1. Communities come together in times of adversity. In cartoons, they sing. In real life, they have bake sales.
2. There's no way to thwart Federal holidays. If people don't have to go to work or school, they're predisposed to happiness.
3. Animals are not meant to be dressed up.
4. Who Hash remains a mystery food. By process of elimination, we've now narrowed it down to: a) canned mash potatoes b) some sort of mixture of side dishes or c) tofu casserole. In any case, stealing it does not ruin dinner.
5. Christmas is about being with people you love, therefore the only thing that puts a damper on it is travel delays.
6. We don't know who the Whos are, but they will sleep through anything!
7. A lot of people are confused about the way Santa Claus looks.
8. Between none of the kids complaining about the missing gifts and all of them nailing the harmony on the Christmas jam, the Whos are great parents.
9. We find it a little unbelievable the Grinch could steal everything from the entire town without the help of reindeer. We can thus confirm there is magic in the air during the holidays.
10. The Grinch could have a case for defamation based on the song, "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch," but NPR has solicited legal counsel who suggests he would not likely win in court.
11. It would make so much sense for The Grinch and Scrooge to start a charity together.
12. Music therapy can be a viable alternative to professional counseling.
13. An invite to the party changes everything.