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Whoville on Christmas Eve

Riecka from which my family in Slovakia comes is a quiet village where people cherish their family, mostly attend church and enjoy their football. It reminds me very much of my favourite modern fairytale, Dr Seuss’s The Grinch Who Stole Christmas.1

Every Who Down in Whoville Liked Christmas a lot… But the Grinch,Who lived just north of Whoville, Did NOT!…. 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. For he knew every Who down in Whoville beneath, Was busy now, hanging a mistletoe wreath. “And they’re hanging their stockings!” he snarled with a sneer, Then the Grinch said, “Giddap!” And the sleigh started down, Toward the homes where the Whos Lay asnooze in their town. All their windows were dark. Quiet snow filled the air. All the Whos were all dreaming sweet dreams without care.

After dinner last night, I took our dog Thor for a walk up the mountain, and stared down at Whoville. Here is Whoville at night on Christmas Eve.

Moonlit Sky Christmas Eve
I took Thor out for a walk up the mountain after midnight when Riecka had gone to bed.
Whoville on Christmas Eve
The Grinch was too late to take the presents and roast beast. The Whos all enjoyed their presents and their Christmas dinner.
Black Ice on Christmas Eve
The trek up the mountain was tricky and the trip back down worse (always harder going downhill than uphill).
Whoville on Christmas Eve streets
The quiet mountain village night, traditional houses under the street lamps. Beautiful and silent time.
Whoville on Christmas Eve – Church
Only thirty people were allowed in the church at a time this year.

Of course, the Whos tonight had already had their presents and their roast beast so there was nothing to be done for Grinches except plan for another year.


  1. The real Grinch is the original book and the cartoon from 1966.

    How The Grinch Stole Christmas! 1966  - Memorable Moments

    How The Grinch Stole Christmas! 1966 - Memorable Moments

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