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Episode 54: How the Grinch Stole Christmas

December 20th, 2019

For the fifty-fourth episode of The Pop Culture Lens podcast, and the 2019 Christmas special, Christopher Olson and CarrieLynn Reinhard debate the longevity of Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas and what it has to do with the secularization of Christmas.

The duo takes the approach of understanding the conservative belief about a "War on Christmas" to examine the secularization and commercialization of Christmas in the United States. The children's book, and later animated special, refutes the commercialization while supporting the secularization. Overall, they argue that the moral lesson at the story's core demonstrates the true meaning of Christmas, with or without Jesus Christ.

As always, you are encouraged to become a part of this conversation by visiting any of the podcast's social media sites. You can also talk with Christopher Olson on Twitter (@chrstphrolson) and at his academic blog And you can talk to CarrieLynn Reinhard on Twitter (@mediaoracle) and at her website