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And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled ’till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.”

HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS (Excerpt) by Dr. Seuss

Random House published How the Grinch Stole Christmas on November 24, 1957 — so it’s 56 years since this charming classic first appeared. Grinch is so fresh and edgy that it’s hard to believe the book has been with us for over half a century. For a holiday treat, watch the ending from the 1966 Chuck Jones TV version — narrated by Boris Karlov — on YouTube.