Latin Gives New Twist to Holiday Classics

A&E Spotlight: "Quomodo Invidiosulus Nomine Grinchus Christi Natalem Abrogaverit," or for the Latinate-challenged, "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," is becoming a popular new Christmas tradition. The eyes of Latin teachers around the country are sparkling this Christmas season with the reading of "Quomodo Invidiosulus Nomine Grinchus Christi Natalem Abrogaverit." According to experts, (the aforementioned Latin teachers), the holiday classic sounds great in Latin and is a terrific learning tool for students of the language. In some areas, the reading of the Latin version has become its own holiday classic.

And for music lovers, the musical quartet Fortune's Wheel has begun to perform "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" in Latin as a finale to their performance of historic Christmas music. (

2002 has been a red letter year for Latin scholars and fans.