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How You Can Watch How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Your heart will grow three sizes after watching this classic Christmas movie

Amanda Bell

Outside of all the noise, noise, NOISE of the holiday season, there's still a whole lot of merriment to be found in Whoville right now, so what better way to celebrate than queuing up the eternally relevant Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas?

The 1966 CBS animated special adapts Dr. Seuss' classic Christmas tale of a thieving miser who tries to sabotage the Whos' Christmas morning celebration by stealing everything from the ornaments to the roast beast to, yes, even the ice cubes. But rather than mournful cries the next day, the cave-dwelling creature finds them singing a jolly Christmas song; their spirit simply cannot be broken. Realizing that the holiday is about more than just presents, he returns the stolen goods and joins in on the merriment.

The mini-movie was produced by Chuck Jones, narrated by Boris Karloff, and features the musical talents of Thurl Ravenscroft. Despite more than half a century passing since its original airing and two feature film adaptations to follow, it still remains the seminal screen version.

So, if you want to gather all your little Whos around to watch the Grinch's heart grow three sizes in spite of himself, NBC will air How the Grinch Stole Christmas on Christmas Day, Dec. 25 at 8/7c.

The film is also available for paid rental streaming on YouTube and Vudu.

(Note: If you do happen to want to watch Jim Carrey strutting around as the furry green guy in Ron Howard's How the Grinch Stole Christmas version from 2000, that film is currently available to stream on Netflix and will air on Freeform on Dec. 21 at 9:15pm/8:15c, Dec. 22 at 5:05pm/4:05c, Dec. 23 at 9:15pm/8:15c, and Dec. 24 at 6:15pm/5:15c.)