The Grinch has Nothing on Shameless Consumerism

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

If you have only seen the Jim Carrey movie, I’m sorry. The book is infinitely better (as is often the case).

How the Grinch Stole Christmas is the definitive Christmas classic of its era; and Dr. Suess’s message – that Christmas is more than presents – still seems relevant.  If fact, it might be more relevant now: when so many people spend the holiday season plunging into an ocean of debt.

I have to admit that the book’s classic status strikes me as peculiar: given the general cultural consensus of unbridled consumerism. We seem to know that we could be finding meaning outside of big box stores. But the allure of the latest over-hyped products must be easier to swallow than the alternative.

I was thinking of writing a spin-off picture book, How Shameless Consumerism Stole Christmas. But until some publisher risks their reputation on my whim, the Grinch will be there to remind a willingly distracted culture that there’s more to the season than piling up stuff.

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6 thoughts on “The Grinch has Nothing on Shameless Consumerism

  1. excellent review. I suspect the reason the book is so popular is that the grinch starts out as an unabashedly evil character, only to have undergone a moral metamorphosis by the end of the book. It’s the kind of redeeming story that’s particularly attractive around this time of year.

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