Saturday, December 24, 2016

Book Review: "Skipping Christmas" by John Grisham

Luther and Nora Krank's daughter Blair has left with the Peace Corp and will not be home this year for Christmas.  Fed up with the stress, the crowds, the parties, the decorations, the expectations and the inevitable credit card bills, Luther and Nora decide to skip Christmas this year.  Blair won't be there and they could use a break.  So they decide to take a cruise that will leave Christmas Day.  Craziness ensues until the moment when their entire plan goes belly up.

This book was made into the movie "Christmas with the Kranks" starring Tim Allen and Jamie Lee Curtis in 2004, but I haven't seen it.  Therefore, everything was a fun surprise for me.  I did get a little annoyed with how involved the neighbors got in the Krank's plans (or no plan) and how they made it about them, but naturally they were redeemed in the end.  It is a Christmas tale after all.

This was really fun to read in the days leading up to Christmas.  It is just the time when wanting to just skip Christmas sounds like a really good idea.  No fighting traffic and crowds in the stores, no cards to send, no wrapping gifts for hours... and so on.  But then I look around and notice just how much I love having a decorated tree in my living room, hearing Christmas songs here and there, receiving cards in the mail, and seeing the reactions to gifts I've purchased for loved ones.  And, yeah, I don't think I could really skip Christmas.  But a cruise does sound nice....

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and Happy Holidays!  I wish you all happiness, health, and love in the New Year.

*****
Skipping Christmas
by John Grisham
Doubleday, 2001
177 pages
Source:  Library
*****

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