So, it’s no surprise to anyone who knows me that I absolutely love the movie “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas”, starring Jim Carey as the Grinch. Every year I get giddy with excitement and anticipation as I plan my Grinch watch party. Most years, it’s a party of one since no one else in my family shares my adoration of the lonely, lime creature. Not to be discouraged, I would make a date out of it; I’d have a glass of wine, some snacks and a cozy spot on the couch with the dog. Pure contentment and joy!
I fully thought my tradition would be solitary until the day I had grandchildren to bribe into watching with me. That was, until the day I received a text from my niece, Ellie. Oh the excitement I felt! I know I squealed with joy when I opened it! What was it you ask? The text read something like “I got bored after school so I did this!” and included this picture……
Can you imagine?! She went home from school one afternoon and did this ALL BY HERSELF you guys! Isn’t she just the most adorable thing you’ve ever seen? How in the world did I not know my niece had the same affection for the Grinch as I do? Well, that photo inspired me to make a new tradition which includes Ellie along with all of my nieces & nephews for a Grinch watch party with Aunt Lesa.
Here’s a little background about our party. One of the things I enjoy most, besides spending time with my treasured guests of course, are the treats. And decorations. And crafts. Well, I guess I love every bit of the Grinch watch party! Last year, prior to the party, we gathered at a local shelter and food bank. What does that have to do with a Grinch watch party you say? Well, I always make it a point to give to at least one charity every year, so I decided to combine the two events and include the kiddos in both.
My siblings and I met at the selected shelter, where we visited with staff and those they serve. We got to see first hand where our donations would go and who they served. Incredible work these folks do on a daily basis. It was truly heartwarming – the essence of the Christmas Spirit. I was reminded of the scene where the Grinch’s heart grows, I can hear it now – “Well, in Whoville they say – that the Grinch’s small heart grew three sizes that day. And then – the true meaning of Christmas came through, and the Grinch found the strength of “ten” Grinch’s, plus two!” I think all of our hearts grew that day, just like the old Grinch!
After serving at the shelter, the kids and I loaded up in the car and off we went to begin our Grinch watch party. We had good food, played games, had fun snacks for an all around great time! I painted Grinch themed artwork to hang in the family room, I made roast beast (yes, roast BEAST!), Who pudding and Who hash as well which was simply roast beef, mashed potatoes and green beans. We created lots of memories and began a fun new tradition that I hope continues for many years!
Here are some ideas to help you have a great Grinch watch party too!
SET THE MOOD
These are the paintings I mentioned earlier which were on display in the family room for our party. Now, I know not everyone can and would paint 16 x 20 Grinch themed canvases like I did. So if you want to set the mood in a similar fashion, simply print out copies of my canvas prints (click the image), frame them or hang as is to add a fun element to your party.
PLAN THE MENU
You don’t have to be elaborate here; it’s not about making a big, complicated spread, just something to fill their bellies! If you want to make a few Grinch themed items, here are a few fun ideas. I love Grinch juice which is just green Hawaiian Punch in a large, clear container – don’t forget to make a heart for the clear pitcher! I also like to make green rice crispy treats & puppy chow or anything else I can add green food coloring to (If you make the puppy chow, use white chocolate)!
To occupy the kids before and after the movie, why not play games and made crafts? Here is a Grinch face that you can easily print out (click the image) and transfer onto a solid green ornament to make an adorable Grinch Christmas ornament!
Simply transfer onto the ornament using the method I describe in my Love Grows Here post, trace the transfer with any fine point black pen or marker and add a little yellow acrylic craft paint to fill the eyes and you have a super cute ornament to remind you of your special moment! (Don’t forget to have the kids sign and date the ornament!)
Take lots of pictures and if you have time to print them or make a collage for the kids, great, if not, create a memory album of your Grinch watch party to reminisce for years to come!
I think my heart and my waistline grew three sizes that day! It was so much fun I can’t wait to do it again this year!
Enjoy the moments of the season that make it special, it’s not about the lights, as beautiful as they are; it’s not about the hustle and bustle of shopping; it’s not about presents. It’s about presence! Enjoy the time you have with loved ones; visit someone who you haven’t seen in a while; visit a sick friend or someone who has lost a loved one and may be lonely. Fill your life with THAT kind of presence and more than your waistline will grow my friend! You’ll also be giving the best present of all…YOU!
Until next time,