How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Suess is obviously a holiday classic for both young and old. But it’s also obviously a story of Seasonal Affective Disorder. The Grinch is a recluse year round, but Christmas really puts him on edge.
The Grinch really doesn’t like people and would rather be at home with his dog rather than go to a holiday party, which is something I can relate to. He mentions that for “53 years” he’s put up with the nonsense of Who-ville, but then this year it’s just too much and he plots his demise of the Christmas season. He becomes the Anti-Santa and goes around to homes stealing their gifts and festive decorations with the help of his dog Max who has to carry the Grinch all over town (aka animal abuse).
In Suess’ version of the story Cindy Lou Who isn’t really the hero who saves the Grinch’s soul and making him believe in the good in people. He just hears people singing and basking in the glow of the holiday and each other’s company and realizes that it’s not the “things” that make the holiday season, but the people. And yes, when you’re a recluse it’s very likely that you will resent people, be jealous of their bonds with others, feel excluded and alone, and want to take it out on someone because it just doesn’t seem fair. Which is what the Grinch did.
In the end of the book there’s a happy coming together of the people and the Grinch and his heart grows three sizes from the shriveling cold person he was before. Which shows there’s always room for self improvement. But I’m sure he’ll have a bought with SAD again next year if he sticks to his recluse ways for the rest of the year.
One last thing I would like to mention, is everyone who lives in Who-ville have the surname Who? Is Who-ville an incestuous village? Is this something to look into? Probably.
In the Jim Carrey portrayal of the Grinch, I could definitely see him sneaking into the town’s holiday party and spiking the punch bowl. I scoured Pinterest for a few minutes trying to find a good green punch and came across a post from Simplistically Living called Grinch Punch. This recipe makes for virgin cocktail, but I’m including white rum.
– 2 13 oz packets of Lemon-Lime Kool-Aid
– 2 cups sugar
– 12 oz can pineapple juice
– 12 oz frozen lemonade, thawed
– 1/2 liter of Sprite
– 2 cups white rum
– Red sugar for glass rim
1. Pour water, Kool-Aid mix, and sugar into a 1 gallon pitcher and stir until dissolved.
2. Add pineapple juice, lemonade, and rum to pitcher and stir.
3. Let mix sit in the fridge for an hour.
4. Before serving, mix in ice and Sprite to the pitcher.
5. Rim the glasses with the red sugar and pour the punch into glasses. Add rum or Sprite to your liking.
6. Enjoy your Grinch Punch and try to be social with people.