After living on a mountain outside of Who-Ville for many years, the Grinch grows tired of listening to the Who festivities during the Christmas season. So, he decides to sabotage their joy by stealing all the Christmas presents and decorations in Who-Ville. He succeeds in his thievery, but the Grinch is disappointed when the Whos react unexpectedly. The town begins singing Christmas songs and maintaining the spirit of the holiday. Seeing this, the Grinch then realizes that there must be more to the holiday than material things.