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So nobody is even a bit upset that the whole town was burglarized?


Not even a little?

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Nope, because they're still all together, and they're all alright, a bit farfetched even when I was a kid but overall a very good message, things are just things, it's the people that count.

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people suck. i'd rather have a big screen tv

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i actually laughed just now reading this. then i realised i said it a year ago lol

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Exactly!

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You have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. Men do not believe except they see. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds. All minds, whether they be men’s or children’s, are little. In this great universe of ours man is a mere insect, an ant, in his intellect, as compared with the boundless world about him, as measured by the intelligence capable of grasping the whole truth and knowledge.
↑I read this in The Sun, it's so↑
[and apologies to some Gilded Age editor]

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The message in the story is that Christmas doesn't come from a store. Our very commercial and appetite for things and possessions is more pronounced than ever before.

The story shows a person who does something bad, then realizes it was the wrong thing to do, and brought everything back.
In the end what did he steal? The ice from the ice cube tray as it melted?

The folks in the town cared more about each other, than the things he stole. And in the end, show he couldn't steal was really mattered.

Maybe lessons to learn for everyone?

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I didn't get the message as a kid but Pawtrax is right. The Grinch learned something and returned everything. He also learned that others forgive. This is something everyone should learn.

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If Christmas isn't about getting stuff, then the Grinch should have never relented when those manipulative lil Whos started singing. He should have burned all their ill-gotten materialism in the town square as a test of their hippie resolve. I am pretty sure the whole town would have snapped and flayed him and his poor dog and hung their pelts high atop the village hall as a warning to anyone else who wants to mess with them and their holidays. I have never understood why he gives them their gifts and decorations back: up until that point the plot and message are perfectly on-point.

Let's see who takes the bait.

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LOL! Great post!

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Because they knew the Grinch did it. As soon as they were through celebrating Christmas, they planned to go to the Grinch's cave and drag his recently lynched, headless corpse through the street while they bathed in his blood, then open the recently recovered presents. Nobody fucks with the Who's....nobody.

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They assumed that they had displeased the powerful Santa so, in abject terror, they came out to sing in hopes of placating him. Their belief system was reinforced when Grinch responds to the singing and returns their gifts. They treat him as royalty out of fear for they think that it is he who is the great Santa. There followed an era of Grinch rule with mandatory benevolence and severe penalties for any "un-Christmas'y" behavior. Laws are passed dictating levels of generosity and the consequences of not giving your things to others.
The Grinch's heart grow in size but he was ultimately still a sociopath. Generations later, Who historians weep when outlining the era.

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