Who doesn’t know the fabulous work of Dr. Seuss? How the Grinch Stole Christmas tells the story about how good deeds lead to nothing but happiness. It is the 20th-century answer to stories such as A Christmas Carol.
It’s that time..
Yes, it’s that time of the season. Not everyone celebrates Christmas the way Christian people do. Christmas has a different meaning for many of us. It’s time to take a more close look at Christmas.
The full version
Whoever was hoping for the full version of this book/poem: we will not be publishing this. This has to do with the copyrights that are involved. We respect that and will only post the most important part of this magnificent work.
Maybe Christmas,” he thought, “doesn’t come from a store.”
“Maybe Christmas…perhaps…means a little bit more!”
Why are these lines the most important part of Dr. Seuss’ work? Simple? At the time that this was written, the way people saw Christmas had changed. Since then, there have been more changes.
Letting go of the religious part that determines Christmas for a moment. It is the celebration of love and the relationships between family and friends. It was also one of the most important festivities during winter.
More than a Christian tradition
Of course, the name Christmas is related to the Christian tradition. Christian people celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. This is a somewhat strange thing since it isn’t clear when Jesus was actually born. Sorry, we don’t mean to offend anyone. It wasn’t until the fourth century that the Catholic Church decided that the birth of Jesus was celebrated in December.
The reason for the choice made by the Church had to do with the celebration of a Roman winter event on December 25th. This winter solstice was celebrated when days were short and darkness surrounded people. The Romans probably took over some of the religious beliefs of others, including the Germanic peoples. Also, the people living in the northern pars of Europe (Scandinavia) celebrated these winter events as well. In Scandinavia Christmas is named as Jul.
In other parts of the world, other countries celebrated religious events as well during the winter months. In Egypt, people worshipped the sun god Ra.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
The work that Dr. Seuss wrote is a delightful story, that emphasises that Christmas is more. Just like much other works written by this American author, it contains rhyme. A must-read for anyone who wants to read something else than Charles Dickens’ Christmas Carol.
The book was published in 1957, by Random House. The book was and is very popular. In 2012 this book was ranked number 61 in the Teachers’ Top 100 Picture Books. This book was used as the basis for two movies: Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas, in 2000, and Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966).
There is more good news: in 2018 (November) a computer game is going to be released that is based on this book.
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