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Skipping Christmas?!

Skipping Christmas by John Grisham
Skipping Christmas by John Grisham

Everyone has thought about it at one time or another.  When the holiday crowds become out of hand and mothers are wrestling over the last great gift in the store.  When supermarkets are so congested people begin to seriously consider serving macaroni and cheese for Christmas dinner.  When the spirit of the season begins to stress the wallets and pocketbooks from all of the thoughtful giving.  Wouldn't it just be easier to lock the door, pull the blinds, and wait for January?  Of course, everyone knows that Christmas is unavoidable and actually enjoyable once all of the insanity of preparing for this joyous holiday is over. 

John Grisham proves that for all of the stress and commotion of the Christmas season, the joy of family and friendship is irreplaceable in Skipping Christmas.  Quickly becoming known as a modern classic Christmas story, Skipping Christmas embodies all of the timeless archetypal characteristics of a Charles Dickens tale.  Luther Krank is the level-headed accountant who tries just a little too hard to conserve his spending.  Nora Krank is his good-natured wife who easily gets swept up in the whirlwind of the holiday season.  And, then there is Blair Krank, the daughter who unknowingly is the holder of the Kranks' wonderful Christmas spirit.

Naturally, when their nest is empty, Luther begins to calculate all of the money he'll save this year without Blair home for the holidays.  He comes to the conclusion that for all of the money spent mindlessly on Christmas decorations, presents, donations, and parties he and Nora could spend that on themselves and go on a Caribbean vacation.  Why not skip the whole season all together?  But, as fate would have it, after all of the reservations have been made, the house left undecorated, the neighbors left disgruntled, Blair unexpectedly returns with her fiancé to surprise her parents for Christmas.  Panicked, Luther and Nora scramble to create the Christmas they had so desperately tried to avoid in order to give their daughter a memorable Christmas.  The Kranks soon realize that it's not the amount of money spent, the perfectly prepared meal, or the immaculate decorations, but the family and friends by their side that represents the true meaning of the season.

Skipping Christmas may not be regarded as a Christmas classic, but it embodies all of the traditional themes a classic should contain, with a little humor thrown in for good measure.