Every Who down in Who-ville, the tall and the small,
Was singing! Without any presents at all!
He hadn’t stopped Christmas from coming! It came!
Some how or other, it came just the same!
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 three hours, till his puzzler was sore.
Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before!
Maybe Christmas,” he thought, “doesn’t come from a store.
“Maybe Christmas … perhaps … means a little bit more!”
And what happened then … ? Well … in Who-ville they say,
That the Grinch’s small heart grew three sizes that day!
And the minute his heart didn’t feel quite so tight,
He whizzed with his load through the bright morning light
And he brought back the toys! And the food for the feast!
And he … he himself … !
The Grinch carved the roast beast!
— Dr. Seuss / How the Grinch Stole Christmas! 1957