Of course, Deas will get a little help along the way. To supplement this tale of a guy with a heart two sizes too small, the Houston Symphony will perform the music and songs from Chuck Jones's 1966 animated TV special. Of course, that means "someone" is going to sing "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch." The program also offers some unique twists to Albert Hague's score. For instance, the opening number mixes Christmas music with a square-dancing hoedown (?!). As always, "Trim Up the Tree" is fun, and the lyrics to "Welcome Christmas" are certainly memorable: "Fah who foraze / Dah who doraze / Welcome Christmas! / Come this way!"
The Grinch won't be allowed to steal this entire Christmas show. A Very Merry Pops! also will include such favorites as "Deck the Halls" and "Feliz Navidad" and, of course, something from The Nutcracker. Since some parents won't touch the Carrey vehicle with a 39-and-a-half-foot pole, returning to the original story may be the only proper way to introduce your own little Cindy Lou Who to the Grinch.