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->''"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).

SisterTrope to YetAnotherChristmasCarol, GiftOfTheMagiPlot, ChristmasEveryDay, and ItsAWonderfulPlot.

Compare SavingChristmas.

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



* Back when Newt Gingrich was Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, the Music/CapitolSteps did "How the Ging-Grinch Stole Congress."

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

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* ''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]].

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'' fanfic: [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/2718340/1/How_the_Question_Stole_Christmas How the Question Stole Christmas]].
* The fan film [[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/UminekoWhenTheyCry Battler]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZB01uKJbl0I Stole Witchmas]].
* From''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', we have [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/236743/this-holiday-is-going-to-be-perfect This Holiday is Going to be Perfect]], whose sole chapter is known as "How Chrysalis stole Hearth's Warming Eve".
* 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:Film - Animated]]
* In an almost literal capacity, Jack Skellington in ''WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas'' gets it in his skull that he and the rest of Halloween Town's citizens can take over Christmas that year. They make presents for all of the children in the human realm (all of which designed to frighten rather than bring joy), kidnap Santa Claus with Jack replacing him (putting him in danger at the hands of local criminal Oogie Boogie), and essentially hijack the season. It is not until the National Guard ''literally'' blows Jack back to his senses (out of the sky) does he try to set things right.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/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. At this point, Ted actually does call her a grinch.
* ''Series/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 [[{{Anvilicious}} 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 ''Series/{{Glee}}'' Christmas".

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

* Radio's ''Radio/{{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.
* WKQX-Q101 has "The Night We Stole Christmas," a live concert every December.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* There are two instances of this in ''VisualNovel/HatofulBoyfriend Holiday Star'', and neither completely follows this trope. In ''The Christmas Thieves'', [[RidiculouslyCuteCritter Miru and Kaku]] steal trees, assaulting people and blowing things up to get to them. They aren't very bright and don't think at all about what impact this might have, they just ''really'' want all the trappings. This is Japan, where Christmas is more of a romantic holiday than taken seriously; the Buddhist main character doesn't think very highly of the holiday but scolds the twins, saying that plenty of people like it and it's mean to ruin their fun.
** Legumentines, in-universe, is a descendant of Valentines in which beans are exchanged. [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain Tohri]] decides to ruin it out of spite - no one gave ''him'' any beans! how dare people have fun without him! - and decides to buy up all the beans the day before the holiday to prevent anyone else from having them. He's stopped halfway through when someone gives him "courtesy beans".

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/AndShineHeavenNow'''s 2004 [[http://hellsing.comicgenesis.com/d/20041201.html "How the Grinch Canceled Christmas'' arc.]]
* ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'''s Christmas 2009 story arc is [[TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons How the Illithid stole Lolthmas]].
* ''Webcomic/TheNewAdventuresOfQueenVictoria'' is [[http://newadventuresofqueenvictoria.com/strips/big/naqv091222.gif currently]] [[http://newadventuresofqueenvictoria.com/strips/big/naqv091222.gif doing a]] parody with UsefulNotes/OsamaBinLaden.
* The now-defunct sprite comic ''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.
* ''Webcomic/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 Strip}}s in ''Webcomic/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 Original]]
* [[Website/FourChan /co/]] has produced "How the [[ComicBook/{{Watchmen}} Rorschach]] Stole Christmas" and "How [[GreenLantern Larfleeze]] Stole Christmas"
* [[Website/FourChan /a/]] has produced [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZB01uKJbl0I How the]] [[VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry 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 [[Creator/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.
* Spoofed and subverted in "[[Roleplay/AsteroidQuest The First Neumono Christmas]]". ''Literature/HowTheGrinchStoleChristmas'' is explicitly referenced, and the BigBad's plan is to use the resultant sadness of the neumono race to power his superweapon. [[spoiler:However, these being neumono, they instead react with ''anger'', foiling his plans and causing a huge mess for the police to clean up.]]
* [[http://www.bathhistoricalsociety.org How the Stephen Stole Christmas]]
* In ''Toys/TheGrosseryGang'' webseries' 2017 "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=92lgHNysTWo Christmas Episode]]" features Vac Attack attempting to ruin "Grossmas" for the Grosseries by stealing their presents. Guest Grossery [=PukieHurlC=] (voiced by YouTube toy reviewer [=CookieSwirlC=]) plays the role of Cindy Lou.

[[folder: Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** Homer has stolen Christmas a few times, though [[TheAntiGrinch he had good reasons]]. For example, in "Tis the Fifteenth Season":
--->'''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!''
** In "The Old Man and the Lisa", [[NoodleIncident Mr. Burns is said to have stolen Christmas from 1981-1985]].
* 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 [[{{Pun}} "lines"]] they borrowed from ''How the Grinch Stole Christmas!"
* From 2002 to 2005, Creator/{{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.
* On ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters'' episode "The Halloween Door," a [[MoralGuardians prudish old man who hates Halloween]] invents a device that will make all the paraphernalia of Halloween disappear. The consequences in the supernatural world are dire, for this allows a horde of demons to return to Earth. And true to the "stealing Halloween" plot, Halloween is restored because the "true meaning of Halloween" is the joy of children at play, and a little girl (who even looks a lot like Cindy Lou) expresses her faith and lack of fear in standing up to the demon lord. The Grinch figure, in spite of having seen the chaos, still [[NeverMyFault denies that it was his fault]], and continues to hate Halloween and wish to suppress it.
* Spoofed on ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'', when Ron believed (for no apparent reason; it wasn't a ChristmasEpisode or anything) that the EvilPlan behind Dr. Drakken's mischief-of-the-week was to "steal Christmas." Kim argued, and was correct in this, that the plan was Drakken's usual pursuit of that more sensible cliché, [[TakeOverTheWorld taking over the world]].
* Dr. Claw of ''WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget'' once tries to steal all of the toys from SantaClaus before he could deliver them on Christmas Eve.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** A minor example: "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS5E5TanksForTheMemories Tanks for the Memories]]" has Rainbow Dash trying to stop winter from coming so she can keep her pet turtle from hibernating. At one point she makes a face reminiscent of the Grinch's.
** "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS6E8AHearthsWarmingTail A Hearth's Warming Tail]]" is mostly YetAnotherChristmasCarol, but the start of Snowfall Frost's story is about her trying to ruin Hearth's Warming for everypony out of a belief that it's a big waste of time that they could spend bettering themselves instead. It includes the aspect of stealing some trappings of the holiday, although in this case it's to use as components for her memory-erasing spell. [[spoiler:And, as she discovers, Hearth's Warming literally keeps Equestria safe from Windigos, who would turn Equestria into a frozen wasteland if not kept away by the holiday celebrations; she promptly changes her ways when she realizes what her actions would result in for the entire country.]]
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/ThePJs'' Thurgood becomes a repo man so he can earn enough money to buy his wife the computer she's been wanting. Right at the time many of the residents in The Projects had stopped paying bills on their new purchases so his job becomes easy.