The Grinch Steals Best Christmas Movie

It is hard to label one singular movie as the best Christmas movie of all time, but the classic American movie How the Grinch Stole Christmas is definitely one of the top competitors for this title. I am sure we can all agree that the day before Christmas break in middle school was always a blast. You never had any work to do. There were cookies and hot chocolate for everybody. Kids would wear their bedtime clothes to school that day. And of course the teacher would always let you watch a Christmas movie, and the main options always consisted of The Grinch, Home Alone, The Polar Express or The Night Before Christmas. When it came to my classes, we all always voted to watch How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Despite it being an unconventional Christmas tale, it is the movie that manages to put you in the holiday spirit.


As stated in the title this movie follows the outcast Grinch and his attempts at ruining the Whos’ Christmas. Although, the Grinch’s plan was not always to ruin Christmas. It is true


When it came to my classes, we all always voted to watch How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Despite it being an unconventional Christmas tale, it is the movie that manages to put you in the holiday spirit.


that he was not exactly the biggest fan of Christmas (after all he literally bit off Santa’s head), but it all really did not start until later. Despite the Grinch being judged by everyone since the beginning, his real heartbreak occurred in middle school. Being only a teenage boy, he took a shot at his crush. He put his heart out for the lovely Martha May to grab, but of course the classic school bully got in the way. The town’s future mayor, Agustus, makes a fool of the Grinch’s beard in front of everyone, and, well, this was the Grinch’s last straw. The Grinch blew up and ripped apart all of the Christmas decorations in a fit.


From these experiences with the Whos, the Grinch decided to then isolate himself in Mount Crumpet. But as one usually needs something from the civilized community the Grinch occasionally needed to make trips to Whoville, which he did through his secret passage. Although as he went to town one day, the mayor once again embarrassed him in front of everyone and increased his hatred for the town.


Thus the Grinch begins his journey to ruin Christmas. He gathers his supplies, goes through his to do list, gets his dog ready and then goes down to town. All goes well until little Cindy Lou, daughter of the mailman, steps in. Being a skeptic herself on the purpose of Christmas, Cindy Lou shows compassion to him. She catches him while trying to steal her tree and continues to (well, in a few words) follow him and try to change him. Oddly enough she gets her way. At the end of the movie the Grinch changes (and so does his heart—increasing by three times).


At the end of the film, the Grinch is finally able to see what Christmas is all about. That is why this is one of the best Christmas movies; it talks about the spirit and purpose of the holidays. It shows the audience that this is not a holiday that is just about gifts; it is a time for people to come together and celebrate.
Furthermore, The Grinch stands above all other Christmas movies simply because of its amazing set design and original characters. This movie goes outside of the box with its odd, green main character, the strange nosey townsfolk, snowy mountains and billions of lights. All the trees, wrapping paper, decor and lights put you in the Christmas spirit. It is truly an astonishing sight to see within a movie (especially one that was made so early on in the film industry).


Simply put, no one can get mad at you for choosing Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas as your favorite holiday movie. It is a quirky, oddly joyful movie. It has humor for the kids,


This movie goes outside of the box with its odd, green main character, the strange nosey townsfolk, snowy mountains and billions of lights. All the trees, wrapping paper, decor and lights put you in the Christmas spirit.


and a plot for the adults- a Christmas movie for all. The Grinch is the New York University of all Christmas movies, being a well known ‘artsy’ movie that gets praised, while managing to not be stuck up and dry. That is why the movie How The Grinch Stole Christmas the greatest Christmas movie for people of all ages.

-Arlette Corea ’24

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