The poem "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" was written by Dr. Seuss and published in 1957. Dr. Seuss wrote the book as a criticism of how commercialized the Christmas season had become.
"How the Grinch Stole Christmas" is a popular poem during the holiday season. The main protagonist is the ill-mannered, grumpy, green Grinch. He lives in a cave on Mount Crumpit, high above the village of Whoville. The residents of Whoville, known as Whos, are happy and kind-hearted. They love the Christmas season and enjoy decorating their town and homes to celebrate.
This antagonizes the Grinch to no end and he devises a plan to take Christmas from them by stealing the decorations and everything that represents the holiday. The theft is successful and the Grinch prepares to throw all of the items into a deep abyss off his mountain. Instead of hearing sorrowful cries from the Whos, however, he instead hears joyful singing. He learns a lesson that Christmas is not just material goods, but rather something within one's heart.
The poem was made into a cartoon in 1966, narrated by Boris Karloff. The songs in the animated special were written by Dr. Seuss. In the year 2000, the poem was adapted into a live action film, starring Jim Carrey as the Grinch. In 2009, an interactive e-book version of the poem was released for the iPhone.