Imagine a year without Christmas. No crowded shops, no corny office parties, no fruitcakes, no unwanted presents. That’s just what Luther and Nora Krank have in mind when they decide that, just this once, they’ll skip the holiday altogether. Theirs will be the only house on the street without a rooftop Frosty the snowman; they won’t be hosting their annual Christmas Eve bash; they aren’t even going to have a tree. They won’t need one, because come December 25 they’re setting sail on a Caribbean cruise. But, as this weary couple is about to discover, skipping Christmas brings enormous consequences – and isn’t half as easy as they’d imagined.
A classic tale for modern times, Skipping Christmas offers a hilarious look at the chaos and frenzy that has become part of our holiday tradition.
So you may have seen the Christmas movie Christmas with the Kranks, well this is the book that this movie is based on and a very rare occasion for me to read a book more than once. This is only the second book I’ve ever read twice.
So Nora and Luthor decide to skip Christmas following their daughter’s trip to Peru. They decide not to partake in any of the usual rituals, no cards, tree, gifts or decorations. They receive various visits from people expecting the Kranks to buy their charitable gifts who are quite rude when they’re turned away.
At times I did think maybe they did go a little bit over the top, I mean they could have sent cards, gone to the works dinner and decorated their house, this wouldn’t have cost them that much and they wouldn’t have fell out with their neighbours. Although, this makes for a better ending as all the neighbours pull together to give Blair her the Christmas she expected (quite selfishly!). Her parents could have just told her yeah we’re having a party etc but we’re on hols Christmas Day – wouldn’t have made for a happy ending though 🙂
I didn’t find it as laugh out loud funny as the film but it’s a fun Christmas read that attempts to highlight the commercialism that for the majority has become Christmas!
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