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Charles Hoffman Dickens. 1812-1870 A Christmas Carol published in 1832 He was twenty years old Nine children Known for his extreme imagination and his. . . Love and concern for the poor--especially poor children. Theodor Seuss Geisel Dr. Seuss. 1920-1989

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charles hoffman dickens
Charles Hoffman Dickens
  • 1812-1870
  • A Christmas Carol published in 1832
  • He was twenty years old
  • Nine children
  • Known for his extreme imagination and his. . .
  • Love and concern for the poor--especially poor children.
theodor seuss geisel dr seuss
Theodor Seuss GeiselDr. Seuss
  • 1920-1989
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas published in 1957.
  • He was thirty seven years old
  • No children
  • Known for his extreme imagination and his. . .
  • Love and concern for the reading skills of children.
what do they have in common

What do they have in common?

Besides the fact they both got beards!

NOT MUCH!

Except. . .perhaps a shared understanding of the central quality of Christmas.

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Unlike Many Christmas Stories, the works of these two authors illustrate a true Christian understanding of Christmas Day!
  • Christmas is about the isolated lost.
  • Christmas strives to redeem.
  • Christmas redemption comes with a change of heart.
  • Redemption includes a full return to fellowship.
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Oh!  But he was a tight-fisted hand at the grind- stone, Scrooge! a squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous, old sinner!  Hard and sharp as flint, from which no steel had ever struck out generous fire; secret, and self-contained, and solitary as an oyster. 

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The cold within him froze his old features, nipped his pointed nose, shriveled his cheek, stiffened his gait; made his eyes red, his thin lips blue and spoke out shrewdly in his grating voice.  A frosty rime was on his head, and on his eyebrows, and his wiry chin.  He carried his own low temperature always about with him; he iced his office in the dogdays; and didn't thaw it one degree at Christmas.

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

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But, Whatever the reason, His heart or his shoes, He stood there on Christmas Eve, hating the Whos, Staring down from his cave with a sour, Grinchy frown At the warm lighted windows below in their town.

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"I wish to be left alone," said Scrooge.  "Since you ask me what I wish, gentlemen, that is my answer.  I don't make merry myself at Christmas and I can't afford to make idle people merry.  I help to support the establishments I have mentioned -- they cost enough; and those who are badly off must go there."

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"Many can't go there; and many would rather die." "If they would rather die," said Scrooge, "they had better do it, and decrease the surplus population.  Besides -- excuse me -- I don't know that." "But you might know it," observed the gentleman. "It's not my business," Scrooge returned.

so what happens
So What Happens?
  • The Isolated ones learn that they indeed do not have the final say nor have they the power they envisioned for themselves.
  • Christmas turns out to be stronger
    • The Grinch learns it on Mt. Crumpet. In the face of what he thought would be devastation, the whos sing.
    • Scrooge learns it through a re-awakening of memory.
    • He also learns the consequences of his acts
    • But even in their devastation the Cratchets have a power beyond his comprehension.