->''"Are those cave-kids gonna whimper when they find out I kooped all their toys! Hahahahaha! Merry Koopa Christmas, boys and girls!"''\\
--'''Bowser Koopa''', the ''WesternAnimation/SuperMarioWorld'' ChristmasEpisode

Any story in a show that is a take on ''Literature/HowTheGrinchStoleChristmas'' (even if it's a different holiday).

Basically, a villainous character attempts to stop a beloved holiday from coming by stealing all the material elements of the occasion. However, he is stunned to see that all his victims care about is the holiday's true spiritual significance, which he could not steal. The villain is so profoundly moved that he has a change of heart, returns all his loot without prompting and is welcomed [[EasilyForgiven to celebrate the occasion]] with his former victims.

The story isn't in the public domain, but as long as they are clear parodies, the plot isn't violating any copyrights.

A SubTrope of WholePlotReference (so anything less than the plot is merely a ShoutOut).

Compare YetAnotherChristmasCarol and ItsAWonderfulPlot.

Not to be confused with TheGrinch, which is the name for a character type (albeit one which might be likely to try this ploy).


[[folder:Abridged Series]]
* The ChristmasEpisode of ''WebVideo/PrincessTutuAbridged'', entitled [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rKtbVMihglQ How Drosselmeyer Stole the Abridged Series]].
* ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries'' has [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZAVxdJSJ3rE How the Thief King Stole Slavemas]].

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker did this during ''ComicBook/TheLongHalloween''. MonsterClown playing TheGrinch just because [[AttentionWhore he wanted some attention]]? [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments Hell yes!]]

* ''JusticeLeagueUnlimited'' fanfic: [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/2718340/1/How_the_Question_Stole_Christmas How the Question Stole Christmas]].
* The fanfilm [[http://www.theforce.net/fanfilms/shortfilms/howsithstole/index.asp How the Sith stole Christmas]].
* The fanfic ''FanFic/HowAkumaKickedChristmasAss''
* Parsee from the ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' [[http://walfas.org/flash/parsee_christmas.swf Steals]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1qS1kqhhebw the Precious Christmas]].
* How [[VisualNovel/UminekoNoNakuKoroNi Battler]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZB01uKJbl0I Stole Witchmas]].

[[folder: Live Action TV]]
* ''JustShootMe'' had "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=__lvMe9Cbo8 How the Finch Stole Christmas]]"
* A ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' episode entitled "How Lily Stole Christmas." Narrator Ted, relating the story to his teenaged children, [[NarrativeProfanityFilter substitutes "grinch"]] for "[[CountryMatters A Very Bad Word]]." Lily, upset over being called a c---, takes away all the Christmas decorations.
* ''MalcolmInTheMiddle'' had one where Lois took away Christmas until the boys behaved themselves, which they did, until they decided to sneak behind her back to open the presents. Though Lois herself [[HeelRealization regretted stealing Christmas five minutes into it]], as part of [[{{Anvillicious}} the episode's moral]] that only the most black-hearted person would try to steal Christmas, a holiday the show defines as "unconditional generosity".
* ''Series/TheXFiles'' had "How the Ghosts Stole Christmas", continuing their tradition of rather morbid Christmas episodes by having Mulder and Scully go ghost-hunting on Christmas Eve. What they don't know is that the ghosts are real, are under a murder-suicide pact, and are desperate to get another couple to re-enact it.
* [[TheGrinch Sue Sylvester]], in "A Very ''{{Glee}}'' Christmas".

* [[http://www.themadmusicarchive.com/song_details.aspx?SongID=411 "How the Grinch Stole Hanukkah".]]

[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* * ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot'' did one where Jason wrote a story casting his mother as "Mrs. Grinch", a cheapskate who wouldn't buy expensive enough presents for the "Kids down in Kidville". Instead, she replaces all the cool game consoles with [[LethalChef nutritious health bars]].

* Radio's ''{{The Bob and Tom Show}}'' had the skit "The Griswold Who Stole Christmas", in which co-host Tom Griswold steals the presents from the show's other regulars.

[[folder:Stand-Up Comedy]]
* Back when Newt Gingrich was Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, the CapitolSteps did "How the Ging-Grinch Stole Congress."

[[folder:Video Games]]
* There are two instances of this in ''VisualNovel/HatofulBoyfriend Holiday Star'', and neither completely follows this trope. In ''The Christmas Thieves'', [[RidiculouslyCuteCritters Miru and Kaku]] go around stealing trees - and assaulting people and blowing things up to get to them. It's not malicious, but they're extremely enthusiastic about the holiday, determined, and careless. This is Japan, where Christmas is more of a romantic holiday than taken seriously. They're stopped and the trees redistributed prior to the day itself.
** Legumentines, in-universe, is a descendant of Valentines in which beans are exchanged. A petty and ineffectual villain decides to ruin it out of spite - how dare people have fun without him! - and decides to buy up all the beans. He's stopped halfway through when someone gives him "courtesy beans". It's also [[http://mangafox.me/manga/hatoful_kareshi/c009/5.html simplified and rendered in manga form]].

* ''AndShineHeavenNow'''s 2004 [[http://hellsing.comicgenesis.com/d/20041201.html "How the Grinch Canceled Christmas'' arc.]]
* ''PennyArcade'''s Christmas 2009 story arc is [[DungeonsAndDragons How the Illithid stole Lolthmas]].
* ''TheNewAdventuresOfQueenVictoria'' is [[http://newadventuresofqueenvictoria.com/strips/big/naqv091222.gif currently]] [[http://newadventuresofqueenvictoria.com/strips/big/naqv091222.gif doing a]] parody with OsamaBinLaden.
* ''Insonicnia'''s special "How The Eggman Stole Christmas", with a twist: Eggman planned to steal everything while wearing a Santa suit as camouflage... and then literally steal the holiday away by re-delivering the gifts as himself to make people think he was the one who sent them in the first place and thus make himself popular.
* ''Webcomic/BrawlInTheFamily'' has a [[http://www.brawlinthefamily.com/?p=255 take]].
** And in-universe, he pulls that stunt every year. Enough that the other villains rob his house, knowing that he'll be gone.
* ''FarOutThere'' has [[http://faroutthere.smackjeeves.com/comics/1629983/how-the-caligaris-stole-christmas/ How the Caligaris Stole Christmas]]. Inverted in that the theft in question is actually meant to SAVE Christmas (for Jenna, at least).
* The ''Webcomic/AxeCop'' [[http://axecop.com/index.php/acepisodes/read/xmas2010/ Christmas Special]] uses some of the same ideas, but it's definitely not played straight; call it a parody or subversion or something. There's a whole planet of Christmas monsters (who look kind of like the Grinch) that steal all the presents from all planets because it's the only way they can have a Christmas. Axe Cop steals the presents back and delivers them again. Then, gaining the power of Christmas, he gives all the Christmas monsters presents of their own. They go back to celebrate happily... until it turns out the presents were all full of bombs and the whole planet explodes, saving Christmas forever.
* Alex himself does it in guest comics in ''CaptainSNES''. He's mostly doing it to screw with the censor-slash-narrator who wants him to get into the holiday spirit in precisely the way it thinks is best, '''whether he likes it or not''', and he ends the series with a TakeThat at the narrator that stuns it so much that it stops censoring him.

[[folder: Web Originals]]
* [[ImageBoards /co/]] has produced "How the [[ComicBook/{{Watchmen}} Rorschach]] Stole Christmas" and "How [[GreenLantern Larfleeze]] Stole Christmas"
* [[ImageBoards /a/]] has produced [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZB01uKJbl0I How the]] [[VisualNovel/UminekoNoNakuKoroNi Battler]] [[http://archive.easymodo.net/cgi-board.pl/a/thread/29016052 stole Witchmas]].
* [[http://www.collegehumor.com/article:1811807 How Growing Up Stole Christmas]]
* [[http://unbound.co.uk/books/how-to-have-an-almost-perfect-marriage/updates/92 How The Frynch Stole Twitmas]], by [[StephenFry Mrs Edna Fry]].
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Gyoz5HHPy8 How the Stritch Stole Christmas]]. About Elaine Stritch.
* ''WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd'' did this for the 2010 ChristmasEpisode, where the Nerd steals everyone's good games and replaces them with bad ones. [[spoiler:The gamers down in Gameville all laughed at the bad games.]]
* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic review of ''[[Film/HowTheGrinchStoleChristmas The Grinch]]'' (the Jim Carrey version) is played up like a parody of the original story. He's not trying to steal Christmas, but their enjoyment of that movie.

[[folder: Western Animation]]
* Homer from ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' has stolen Christmas a few times, though he had good reasons...
-->'''Homer''': You're a smart one, Homer J.,\\
You're as crafty as a skunk.\\
You'll make everybody happy when they're rid of Flanders' junk,\\
Homer Ja-a-ay.\\
I'd call you a double bacon genius-burger,\\
And just a little drunk!
** Mr. Burns is said to have stolen Christmas in 1986.
* A less direct example is [[SuperMarioBros Bowser]] in the ''WesternAnimation/SuperMarioWorld'' Christmas episode.
* There was [[ShowWithinAShow one short TV parody]] called "How the Grinchy-Poo Stole Christmas!" from the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode, "Merry Christmas, Charlie Manson!" Also some characters from the episodes "Cartmanland" and "Woodland Critter Christmas" parody some [[IncrediblyLamePun "lines"]] they borrowed from ''How the Grinch Stole Christmas!"
* From 2002 to 2005, {{Nickelodeon}} ran a series of shorts parodying the classic 1960s Christmas specials with the Nicktoon characters every December. One segment, titled ''How the You-Know-Who Stole the You-Know-What!'', featured Angelica from ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'', as "Grinchelica", stealing all the candy from the other Nicktoon characters.
* A episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheEmperorsNewSchool'' does this. Although it is based on Halloween rather than Christmas. The episode is even called "The Yzma That Stole Kuzcoween".
* This may have been before the original story was even written - a ''WesternAnimation/TomTerrific'' storyline had bad guy Crabby Appleton steal all the holidays from the calendars, so he could have them all to himself as the kids had to stay in school. Being who he is, he doesn't have a change of heart.