By: Victoria Hershman Edited by: Megan Jenkins
He’s mean, vile, with a soul full of garlic.
The iconic Grinch of Dr. Seuss’ famous tale, The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, lives on in children’s hearts across the globe as the unlikely thief turned savior of Christmas. He can also be found manifesting himself in the souls of adults around the world during the most stressful time of year.
We have all felt our heart shrink as we stand in line at the checkout counter, right behind a woman who didn’t count her items before jumping into the express lane. We have all, parents especially, been tempted to steal every bit of Christmas away and forget it ever existed. We have all felt Grinchy at some time or another during the Holiday season and, evidently, this is something we all have in common with the fabulous Dr. Seuss himself.
Theodore Seuss Geisel, beloved author and creator of characters such as the Grinch, Horton, and the Cat in the Hat, peered into his bathroom mirror one day, and was and noticed his rather grouchy and grinchy mood about the upcoming Christmas. I an interview with Redbook in 1957, he said,
“Something had gone wrong with Christmas, I realized, or more likely with me. So I wrote the story about my sour friend, the Grinch, to see if I could rediscover something about Christmas that obviously I’d lost.”Dr. Seuss
Rather than shoving a smile on his face and going about his day, the ever creative Dr. Seuss decided to use this other half of himself as inspiration for the Grinch, one of Dr. Seuss’ most hilarious and relatable characters.
He wanted to see how this character, this Grinch, discovered the meaning of Christmas, if he discovered it at all. Was there more to the Christmas season that ribbons and boxes and packages and bows? Seuss himself thought so, giving hope to millions around the world with the Grinch’s debut in a Redbook Magazine in 1957.
The next time you’re feeling as cuddly as a cactus or that your soul is full of gunk, remember the Grinch, whose heart grew three sizes in one day, and was able to make peace with an entire village he had just robbed.