The story begins when the Grinch steals holiday trappings from the Whos down in Whoville in an attempt to thwart Christmas. He soon learns that the Whos are undaunted by the loss of gifts, decorations and food. The Grinch waited to hear the boo-hoos of the Whos, but instead, he heard something unexpected.
â€¦the sound wasnâ€™t sad!
Why, this sound sounded merry!
It couldnâ€™t be so!
But it WAS merry! VERY!â€¦
With the Whosâ€™ surprising response, the Grinch experiences conversion and enlightenment. As the Whos stand together, holding each otherâ€™s hands singing, the Grinch slowly realizes that Christmas is about more than stuff; it is about a community of people who are thankful for what they have and for each other.
His conversion or enlightenment illustrates the widely accepted moral of the story: Christmas â€œdoesnâ€™t come from a storeâ€ and â€œMaybe Christmas â€¦ perhaps â€¦ means a little bit more!â€
But the story doesnâ€™t end with that revelation. After his epiphany about the purpose of Christmas, the Grinchâ€™s heart â€œgrew three sizes that day.â€
This growth is actually a change of heart that makes him appreciative and stirs his desire to alter the way he acts. As a result, he returns everything he had stolen. The story ends with the Whos sitting side by side with the Grinch carving roast beast for the merry Whoville feast.
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