In 1957, Theodor Geisel (a.k.a. "Dr. Seuss") wrote "How the Grinch Stole Christmas!," a modern-day morality tale encapsulating one of the true meanings of Christmas. In the story, which was made into a 1966 classic cartoon still televised annually, the Grinch deplores Christmas without comprehending one of its messages of goodwill; by taking away the materialistic trappings from "Whoville," he finds that he hasn't taken away the spirit of Christmas at all. In the process, he develops a heart and rejoins the human race. You have many ways to incorporate this charming classic into Christmas activities.
Grinch Craft Activities
The official Dr. Seuss website, www.Seussville.com, has several crafting ideas relating to "How the Grinch Stole Christmas!" as well as other Dr. Seuss titles. One such activity is "Finish the Picture!" which features the Grinch sticking his head out of a Whoville fireplace. Children can print out the picture and draw in their own Christmas tree, presents and decorations, which is especially enjoyable at parties, where children can show off their artwork and tell what they want for Christmas. Another crafting activity can include creating "Whoville" Christmas cards, replicating the colorful artwork of the cartoon.
Creating Whoville Recipes
Seussville.com features a recipe called "Who Pudding a la Cindy Lou," a basic rice pudding sprinkled with red and green candies. Other recipes can be adapted and renamed for a Grinch celebration, and children (under adult supervision) can use colorful holiday sprinkles and other edible decorations to create their own "Whoville" culinary creations. Cake and cookie decorating contests can feature prizes for the best rendition of the "Grinch," "Cindy Lou Who" and "Max the Dog" (wearing his reindeer antlers, of course). Children and adults can also create fanciful replicas of the village of "Whoville" using gingerbread house patterns.
Grinch Costume Parties
Grinch costume parties are enjoyable for both children and adults, with participants vying for prizes. To avoid a glut of Grinch outfits, prizes can be awarded for the most imaginative version of a "Whoville" character. Watching the movie "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas" (2000), as well as the original 1966 cartoon, can help inspire colorful costumes based on "Whoville" characters.
Decorating a Grinch Tree
Crafts activities are fun to incorporate into a Grinch-themed party, and children can compete for prizes by constructing the most outlandish "Whoville" Christmas toy, recreating the "jing tinglers," "ta tinkers" and other toys named in the original book and cartoon. Grinch tree ornaments are also enjoyable to make and can either resemble real Grinch characters or can replicate what the Whoville inhabitants may have had on their own Christmas trees. After the crafting, children and adults can decorate a Grinch tree with the results.