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Imagine skipping Christmas, just for one year! No Christmas tree, no cards, no parties, no tree. Now, meet the Kranks in Skipping Christmas by John Grisham. Mr. Luther Krank is a cranky and penny pinching accountant at a prestigious firm. Mrs. Nora Krank, a loving mother to Blair, and a volunteer for numerous associations. Now, Blair Krank, a happy Peace Corp volunteer, heading for the deep jungles of Peru for a year.

With Blair leaving for a year, Mr. Krank convinces his wife to skip Christmas, just for one year. They deal with neighbors, television reporters and friends who don’t exactly agree with this. Mr. Krank looks through his receipts and finds that last year the spent roughly $6,500.00 on Christmas. He points out that if they skipped Christmas and went on a cruise instead, his wife would save a lot of headache. She wouldn’t have to send out cards, buy gifts for people she doesn’t even like, and she wouldn’t have to try and give away the fruit cake that she hates so much. John Grisham does a fabulous job of making you rethink the whole idea of Christmas. Skipping Christmas definatley has a lot of Christmas spirit in it, even with the Kranks trying to get away with giving nothing, and receiving nothing.

I have to say, I like the thought of skipping Christmas. I know my husband would really like it, but being the parents of three children, the oldest of which is 5, it’s hard to do away with it. I am the “Grinch” of my family! For Christmas one year, my mom gave me a grinch backpack. It is still my favorite bag to carry through the holidays! I don’t like to spend money! I’m not creative when it comes to gifts or decorations! I don’t like to decorate, because it means I have to take them back down and put them away in less then a month. To give you a clue, we got our first Christmas tree EVER last year. My husband and I have been married for 8 years now. Yeah, we don’t do holidays. But, as my kids get older, the more we both enjoy Christmas morning and seeing the excitement in my 19 year old sister’s eyes, and my kids’ eyes. We have so many traditions that my mom started when we were young, and we still continue with them, even though she passed away 3 years ago. Once you put aside all the craziness of the holiday, and concentrate on what Christmas is all about, and seeing your kids get so into it, it’s hard not to enjoy it. Maybe, some day, my husband and I will go on a cruise instead of celebrating Christmas, but for now, we’ll enjoy the hectic holiday with our wonderful family.

You can read an excerpt here.

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Title: Skipping Christmas

Author: John Grisham

Format: Paperback, eBook

Page Nos.: 208

ISBN:978-0440422976

Publisher: Bantam

Release Date: October 2010

Available for purchase: Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble

Reviewer: Jocee

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