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Sonia’s article in the December Diary November 24, 2021

Posted by nicholastufton in The Diary Monthly letter.
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Return of the Grinch who stole Christmas?

Dire warnings of food and present shortages have been assailing us for some time. The  most entertaining cause being the container ship which seemingly attempted a three-point-turn in the Suez Canal, blocking it for a week and creating a huge, two-way backlog. COVID related factory closures, labour shortages, especially of HGV drivers and farm labourers, along with multiple cost increases, (and rising COVID cases) have all fuelled festive season anxiety.

Dr Seuss, an American children’s author and cartoonist, best known for his Cat in the Hat series, wrote a poem entitled, How the Grinch stole Christmas. The Grinch was a Scrooge-like creature who lived up a mountain with his dog, Max, overlooking a town called Whoville.

The Grinch hated Christmas! The whole Christmas season! Now please don’t ask why. No one quite knows the reason. It could be perhaps that his shoes were too tight. It could be his head wasn’t screwed on just right. But I think that the most likely reason of all may have been that his heart was two sizes too small.

He comes up with a dastardly plan and enters Whoville on Christmas Eve disguised as Santa Claus, with Max having strapped-on horns as his reindeer. He descends every chimney, hoovering up all the presents, trees and food, Max dragging them back in a sleigh to their lair.

”Pooh-pooh to the Whos!” He was grinchily humming. “They’re finding out now that no Christmas is coming! They’re just waking up. I know just what they’ll do! Their mouths will hang open a moment or two then the Whos down in Whoville will all cry boo-hoo”.

Then he did hear a sound rising over the snow. It started in low, then it started to grow. But this sound wasn’t sad! Why this sound sounded glad! Every Who down in Whoville, the tall and the small, was singing without any presents at all! He hadn’t stopped Christmas from coming! It came. Somehow or other it came just the same.

The Grinch’s heart then grows several sizes with love, he returns all the stolen stuff, joins the celebrations and carves the Roast Beast.

Merry Christmas and Many Blessings,  Sonia  07747 844265

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