How The Grinch Stole Christmas and how he gave it back!
“His heart was two sizes too small.”
Dr. Seuss begins his story with the premise that “every Who down in Who-ville liked Christmas a lot” and their closest neighbor, The Grinch, did not! In his final summation of why The Grinch “hated” Christmas, Dr. Seuss lands on the simple fact that “his heart was two sizes too small.”
So how does one’s heart end up in such a state?
In December 1957, Dr. Seuss revealed how the previous Christmas had left him peering at “a very Grinch-ish countenance in the mirror.” He realized that “something had gone wrong with Christmas . . . or more likely with me. So I wrote the story to see if I could rediscover something about Christmas that obviously I’d lost.”
As seen above, he even drew this rare self-portrait of the artist as Grinch, an image he echoed later in his book.
The moment of redemption in Dr. Seuss’s book is when, after having stolen all the toys from his neighboring Whos down in Who-ville, they still wake up singing on Christmas morning. As Seuss writes: “And after he puzzled over it until his “puzzler was sore, ‘Maybe Christmas,’ he thought, ‘doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas . . . perhaps . . . means a little bit more!’”
Upon this realization, The Grinch’s heart grows “three sizes that day!” and Seuss turns his holiday tale into one of inclusiveness, community spirit, and how gratitude can change everything.
When writing The Grinch, Dr. Seuss was expressing his own 53-year-old concerns about the holiday. It took Seuss time to figure out how he felt about Christmas, but as he would later say of The Grinch, “It’s not how you start out that counts. It’s what you are at the finish.”
These two Grinch artworks join the rare Grinch Collection, comprised of bespoke mixed-media works on paper, collages, and bronze sculptures.