‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas’

The Grinch (Jim Carrey) scolds Cindy Lou Who (Taylor Momsen) over her excitement for Christmas. (Fair use from IMDB)

For sophomore Nora Cahill and her family, no Christmas gathering would be complete without watching “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” while sipping on hot chocolate and decorating the Christmas tree.

“How the Grinch Stole Christmas” tells the story of a grumpy Grinch who plots to ruin Christmas for all the happy citizens of Whoville. His plan is ruined when he meets a little girl named Cindy Lou Who, whose excitement for the holiday season permeates the Grinch’s heart, and his heart grows for the holiday season and the citizens of Whoville.

Cahill explained that her family has a long standing tradition with the movie “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”

“We used to always watch ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas’ while my sisters and I helped my grandma set up the Christmas tree when we were younger,” Cahill said.

She said from then on, a tradition was formed. Every year, either while decorating the Christmass tree or while snuggling up by the fire, the Cahill family watches “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”

“It’s a movie the whole family can watch,” Cahill said. “The fantasy set design of Whoville and the humor of the characters make it one of the only Christmas movies my younger sisters want to watch.”

Cahill said her favorite part of the movie is when the Grinch’s heart grows and he becomes accepted for who he is, empathizing with the citizens of Whoville and deciding against ruining Christmas.

Cahill said she also really appreciates the message of the movie.

“There is a place for everyone in this world, and ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas’ shows just that, and that’s what the holidays are all about,” Cahill said.