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How the Grinch Stole Christmas is the English translation of the classical Russian story, Сказ работника и праздничного городка (lit. The Tale of the Worker and the Festive Town), as written by Kazimir Stovidoyska. The original story was heavily modified by translator Dr. Seuss to be more appealing to the children of the Reagan-era United States, although both translations are well-received in their respective countries. It is uncommon in either the States or Russia to even know of the existence of the alternative interpretation.
Story (English version)
The story opens up with the Whos down in Whoville preparing all manner of celebration and festivities for Christmas Day, including singing Christmas songs, preparing Christmas decorations, and igniting Christmas bonfires. Modern critics cite the lack of mention of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, but this is a minor detail in the story which can be easily left to the imagination of the viewer. However, in a mountaintop cave overlooking Whoville, there lives a mean-spirited monstrous being known as the Grinch. He loathes all the cheeriness and noise of the Christmas celebration, which is attributed to a number of factors, chiefly his crippling disfigurement of having a severely shrunken heart. Modern physicians cite the lack of proper anatomical knowledge concerning the heart's lack of influence on emotion, but this is a minor detail in the story which can be easily left to the imagination of the viewer. He hatches a plan to steal all the festive decorations and presents from Whoville in an attempt to rob the town of the spirit of Christmas itself. In a show of irony, he wears a classic Santa Claus outfit while doing so. The story reaches a touching conclusion when the Whos down in Whoville, who may be functionally braindead, are overjoyed regardless that Christmas has arrived. The Grinch, noticing their stupefying optimism, loses the last shred of his sanity and becomes similarly overwhelmed with joy, even overcoming his heart problem. He then joins the Whos in their celebration, returning all their Christmas decorations and presents, and the entire town suffers a euphoria-based meltdown. Modern politicians note the lack of a properly punitive system of justice in Whoville, but this is a minor detail in the story which can be easily left to the imagination of the viewer.
Story (Russian version)