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How the Grinch Stole Christmas

by Luke Osteen

Highlands Swimming Pool will screen “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” as its December Dive In Movie, 6:30 P.M. Friday, December 6. Everyone is invited.

Highland Rec Park’s Swimming Pool has just the tonic for you, if you’re just not feeling the Christmas Spirit, as though you’re heart is two sizes too small.

You’re invited to Highlands Pool’s Dive In Movie, slated for Friday, December 6, to witness the Jim Carey version of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”

For those of you unfamiliar with the story (perhaps you’re like the residents of Whoville, too busy with your holiday preparations to notice much else), the story centers around a Christmas-hating ogre who tries to steal Christmas from the Christmas-loving Whos by taking all of their presents and decorations. But they and he come to realize that Christmas is in their hearts, not under their trees. The movie expands the story to let us explore Whoville and its residents and to tell us just how the Grinch came to hate Christmas in the first place.

It’s slap-sticky and anarchic and built around a surprisingly touching theme. Scary as the Grinch may seem, with his bilious green complexion and astonishingly wicked leer, he turns out to be a softy by the film’s climax. No Whos or oh-so-loyal mutts were harmed in the making of this genial romp.

The pool opens at 6:30 and the movie starts at 7:00. Admission is $5 and includes a bag of popcorn. The water is kept between 82 and 83 degrees, so it’s always comfortable. If you’d rather sit on the side, there are lounge chairs available and heaters to keep you warm in this frosty month. For more information, call (828) 526-1595.

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