Last night, Ian told the girls and I that he had recorded ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas’ and announced that it was family movie night. The great thing about the original Grinch (I’m talking about the circa 1966 version) is that it’s only about half an hour, so it’s a nice, quick one to watch before bedtime on a school night (or to hold the attention of little ones!).
I have long loved Dr. Seuss and his crazy, quirky, rhyming stories; they just never get old for me. One year – at the dollar store, of all places – I stumbled upon the full, original text of the Grinch in the form of a colouring book. I think I bought them out – all the kids on our list got one! It’s just such a classic.
We started playing the original Grinch movie for Elissa when she was pretty young, and it has clearly stuck with her because, as the movie came to its heart-warming conclusion last night, she actually started quoting along with the narrator:
It came without ribbons! It came without tags!
It came without packages, boxes or bags!
And he puzzled three hours, ’till his puzzler was sore.
Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before!
“Maybe Christmas,” he thought, “doesn’t come from a store.
“Maybe Christmas…perhaps…means a little bit more!”
Still an awesome movie nearly 50 years later! Next up, we’ll need to re-watch the Jim Carrey version – he’s great in that, and the movie has such brilliant costuming and props. What is your favourite family Christmas flick?