Dr. Seuss' "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" first aired in 1966 and has been a holiday favorite ever since. The tale of the bad guy with garlic in his soul whose heart grows three sizes is a classic. The name "Grinch" is synonymous with Scrooge or one who is anti-Christmas. These 10 images will certainly put all those who cherish this annual cartoon in the holiday mood. If you do not own a copy of the DVD you can find this charming tale all over the internet. It also airs on a number of television stations and is run multiple times during the month of December.

The theme song, as well as the poetic lines from the book, are forever in the memory of those who grew up watching each year.

The Grinch is a mean one

Mr. Grinch can't stand the Christmas season and no one knows for sure the reason. Even so on the eve of the holiday, he stood atop Mt. Crumpet hating the Who's who lived in the valley below. Dr. Seuss, who penned this tale and so many more, was actually childless. His scheme of rhyme intrigues children even to this day. If you read the actual book you will find that some of the most memorable lines from the cartoon are not there.

Some of the most endearing moments of the holiday classic are with the Grinches faithful dog, Max.

This sweet, lovable little dog gets sucked into his master's evil plan to stop Christmas from coming. When the Grinch-made antlers that are supposed to make him a reindeer cause him to fall over, it's hard not to feel sorry for the pup. It's downright abusive when his master makes him pull the heavy sleigh on the way back up the mountain.

After Max, little Cindy Lou Who, who is no more than two is the most adorable little creature. When she asks the Grinch, who is disguised as Santa Claus, why he is stealing the Christmas tree, it is such a moment of innocence.

This brings about another favorite line that fans like to quote. "That old Grinch was so sly and so slick, he thought up a lie and he thought it up quick".

Dr. Seuss' 'How the Grinch Stole Christmas' is second only to Charle Brown

Over the decades there have been many holiday tales, but only two have truly withstood the test of time and become favorites to many generations of fans. Dr. Seuss' beloved tale "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" is only second to "A Charlie Brown Christmas" by Charles Shultz. These timeless treasures have warmed the hearts of children of all ages for practically six decades. The saga of the Who's down in Whoville celebrating the holiday even though all their gifts were stolen is heartwarming.

The faith of the Who's was rewarded when the Grinch returned everything he had stolen. They forgave him and allowed him to cut the roast beast. Redemption, forgiveness, and restoration are why this cartoon is so beloved and why so many people look forward to its return each Christmas season. Thank you, Dr. Seuss. Although some of his early work had racist depictions of African Americans and Asians, this should not stop the love for this annual holiday classic.