When the holiday season begins to make itself felt, people usually imagine warmth, love and everything nice. While everyone revels in the cheerful atmosphere of the holidays, these characters are waving their fists at everyone for being in a festive mood, at least at first.
Bah Humbug! We’re sure you’ve heard of this phrase before but not everyone knows that it came from Ebenezer Scrooge, the old grouch from Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. This cold-hearted, greedy man hates Christmas, especially since he is forced to give his employee, Bob Cratchit, paid time-off. On Christmas Eve, he is visited by the doomed spirit of his old friend, Jacob Marley, and the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future, who reveal to him the evil of his ways. At these revelations, Scrooge experiences a change of heart and becomes a kind, generous old man.
From Theodor Seuss Geisel, a.k.a. “Dr. Seuss,” the Grinch is a green creature who lives in a cave in Mt. Crumpit at the North of Whoville and once tried to steal Christmas. A grouch, the Grinch hated the noise made on Christmas day, so he took all the gifts from the Who girls and boys. That would really cross him off Santa’s list, but when the Grinch realized that Christmas meant something more than gifts and feats, his heart, which was originally two sizes smaller, became three sizes larger. How’s that for a change of heart?
Okay, he’s not exactly a Christmas icon but he did try to take over Christmas at one point. We’re pretty sure Santa wasn’t too pleased when Jack’s Halloween Town “friends” abducted him and gave the nice children really scary presents. But just like Scrooge and the Grinch, Jack is given an opportunity to discover the true meaning of Christmas and make up for his mistakes, which makes him just as well-loved by the end of his journey. We can’t say he’s had a change of heart, though, because we’re not exactly sure if he has one.
Have you ever received a pet for Christmas? Of course there are rules when taking care of pets and you know that there are repercussions when those rules are broken. This is exactly what happens when the Mogwai, Gizmo, is fed after midnight and not shielded from water. Gremlins popped out of Gizmo like popcorn at the cinema and pretty much destroyed the entire neighborhood during Christmas until they were finally eradicated. There’s no change of heart from these creatures, though, so they are forever on Santa’s naughty list.
Get acquainted with these infamous characters this season and you might just form a fabulous new Christmas tradition.