|Written by||Michaela Muntean|
|Series||A Growing-Up Book|
Bert & Ernie carry a huge Christmas tree back home. BIG BIRD decorates his nest, & Luis decorates the Fix-It Shop. Count von Count Counts snowflakes. Herry Monster dresses as Santa Claus, & rings a bell to help collect toys & food for needy families, to whom he & Grover are going to deliver the food & toys.
Elmo is shocked to learn that OSCAR THE GROUCH hates Christmas, calling it "the worst time of the year for GROUCHES". Elmo decides that he’ll teach OSCAR to like holiday. He enlists the help of his friends, & his mother helps him make special cookies for OSCAR.
The group assembles later on at OSCAR’s TRASH CAN. Bert & Ernie bring OSCAR a bedraggled little tree, decorated with tin cans & bits of orange peel. BIG BIRD says to OSCAR that the next day his GRANNY BIRD is coming to visit. He then suggests that OSCAR have GRUNDGETTA come to visit. Herry asks OSCAR if he has anything that he’s willing to donate to needy families, so OSCAR gives him a red & white striped tie -- it’s too clean & doesn’t even have 1 moth hole in it & he really wouldn’t want GRUNDGETTA to see it. The Count Counts OSCAR’s friends while Elmo gives OSCAR his special creation -- a dozen sardine cookies with chocolate icing.
The book was reprinted in 1994 by Merrigold Press & again in 2005 by Dalmatian Press as Elmo’s Delicious Christmas. It was reprinted again in 2007, with altered credits: "Written by Michaela Muntean & Elizabeth Clasing". It was also released as a book & tape set, 1st from Golden & then from Sony Wonder.
- OSCAR THE GROUCH Books
- GROUCH Books
- "A GROUCH’s Christmas" on the Muppet Wiki
- "A GROUCH’s Christmas" on the OSCAR THE GROUCH Wiki
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