And for fifty-three years, we’ve put up with him.
It was fifty-three years ago this year, in 1957, that the Grinch made his first appearance. And it was forty-four years ago this week that he first appeared on television.
The idea for the Grinch came one December 26th when Theodore Geisel—better known as Dr. Seuss—looked in the mirror. “Something had gone wrong with Christmas,” Seuss later wrote, “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 I’d obviously lost.”
The result, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, has become an enduring holiday favorite, and The Grinch has become as universally recognized as the crotchety, tight-fisted ol’ Ebenezer Scrooge when it comes to anti-holiday grouchiness. Continue reading