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Skipping Christmas ❴Download❵ ➵ Skipping Christmas Author John Grisham – Larringtonlifecoaching.co.uk 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 onc 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 Decemberthey 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 imaginedA classic tale for modern times, Skipping Christmas offers a hilarious look at the chaos and frenzy that has become part of our holiday tradition.


10 thoughts on “Skipping Christmas

  1. Matt Matt says:

    Who would ever dream that two otherwise sensible adults would skip Christmas and go on a cruise It is a question posed by an idiot The idiot in question being Nora Krank, who learned too late the awful price to be paid for not strictly conforming to your neighbors Christmastide expectations One is tempted to treat the question as the rhetorical device of an imbecile And yet, the temptation to answer is overwhelming, if only because the answer is so obvious to everyone except the people inh Who would ever dream that two otherwise sensible adults would skip Christmas and go on a cruise It is a question posed by an idiot The idiot in question being Nora Krank, who learned too late the awful price to be paid for not strictly conforming to your neighbors Christmastide expectations One is tempted to treat the question as the rhetorical device of an imbecile And yet, the temptation to answer is overwhelming, if only because the answer is so obvious to everyone except the people inhabiting this insipid Christmas novel So, why would two otherwise sensible adults skip Christmas and go on a cruise Maybe they are Jewish Or Muslim Or Hindus Maybe they have just suffered a loss, and in the process of grieving, don t feel like celebrating Or maybe they live in a cold latitude, where the idea of a peaceful cruise in a tropical locale is actually freaking awesome There are literally billions of people on Earth who do not celebrate Christmas Thus, there are literally billions of answers to that stupid query John Grisham s Skipping Christmas doesn t recognize this fact Indeed, it is set in a world in which this fact isn t a fact at all Skipping Christmas takes place in a white, upper middle class suburb where such things are barely mentioned There was once a Pakistani couple in the neighborhood, we are informed, but they moved very quickly By the end of this nasty little work, you will understand why.We begin with a fairly anodyne premise fully articulated in this book s title Luther and Nora Krank s daughter, twenty three year old Blair, has just left home for Peru, where she will be serving with the Peace Corps With their grown daughter out of the nest, and facing a Christmas bill that runs to over 6,000 each holiday season, Luther has an inspired idea Instead of burning 6K on parties, decorations, food, booze, and presents, Luther discovers that he and Nora can go on a warm weather vacation for half that amount This makes sense to me It should make sense to you This is a rational idea on a personal level daughter gone for the first time, meaning the break of old traditions , on a financial level you re saving money , and on a temperature level it is not snowy and icy on a cruise Going on a Christmas cruise is an excellent idea to everyone except the holiday Nazis who live on Hemlock Lane It should be noted that Luther is a tax accountant and drives a Lexus His wife is a full time volunteer, and drives an Audi Their financial considerations thus necessarily fall into the realm of uptown problems Like Galileo, though, Luther is condemned for his heresy His main nemesis is neighborhood Gauleiter Vic Frohmeyer Vic s job is to enforce social compliance among the residents Chiefly, he ensures that everyone places a large Frosty the Snowman on their roof Because nothing says Christmas cheer quite like being forced to purchase, install, and display a decoration chosen by a guy who lives down the street This is a novel about intolerance Wait, that s not correct Sorry This is a novel that celebrates intolerance Vic soon has the neighbors rise up against Luther and Nora People trespass on his lawn and post signs People chant Free Frosty Carolers are sent to annoy them Their neighbors treat them coldly for their refusal to abide Frohmeyer s edict As satire, this might have worked The latent fascism of the neighbors is ripe for parody It might have been interesting to see how American notions of freedom and religious tolerance and the right to be left alone rub uncomfortably against the reality that freedom means I get to tell you what to do and religious tolerance is being a Christian or shutting up and the right to be left alone means you just need to surrender to the Christmas magic as it gets shoved up your well, as it gets shoved in your stocking, which better be hanging on the mantel or else When I read this, I kept thinking about the Christmas bullies who demand stores and cashiers say Merry Christmas, as though forcing some minimum wager at Wal Mart to utter bland holiday greetings in the checkout line is somehow actualizing But I don t think this is satire Grisham never allows that he s in on the joke Ultimately, he approves of the neighbors triumph over Luther s free will Just about everyone in Skipping Christmas is a low grade monster Luther, despite his utterly logical plan, is also a raging asshole I suppose this is Grisham s way of stacking the deck against him His wife Nora is a blubbering nitwit One classic scene has her discussing the cancellation of her Christmas Eve party while volunteering at a battered woman s shelter As you might imagine, the specter of domestic violence pales in comparison to Nora s shocking decision to go on a vacation The neighbors are grim, backbiting, gossipy, small minded conformists Scenes like the one in the shelter made me question Grisham s self awareness There is little textual support for this being a satire However, it occurred to me that this might be an Andy Kaufman esque performance piece Nothing in this book is funny or charming or pleasant But perhaps the overall meta joke is that Grisham created an utterly hateful fable packaged as a delightful little spree with the understanding that because it was labeled a Christmas book no one would realize they re being conned This might be a literary version of the Rickroll I suggest this only to give Grisham some benefit of the doubt There is little evidence to support this interpretation To the contrary, the weight of the evidence goes the other way We know this because the lesson that Luther is forced to learn is that you don t skip Christmas Midway through, Blair, realizing that she has cut the cord of extended adolescence too quickly, calls and informs her mother and father that she is coming back for Christmas She has been gone for only a month, but Millennials, amiright Not only is Blair returning to the roost, but she s bringing Enrique, her Peruvian boyfriend that she s known for three weeks I mention Enrique only because the Kranks are obsessed with his skin tone Don t worry, though The Kranks quickly discover, that if necessary, Enrique can pass for Aryan The door opened and Blair rushed in Nora and Luther both glanced at her first, then quickly looked beyond to see how dark Enrique was He wasn t dark at all At least two shades lighter than Luther himself Well, thank God we dodged that bullet Let the bloodlines remain pure Or something I really don t know what Grisham was getting at It made me a bit uncomfortable Anyway, Blair s imminent return means that the Kranks have to have Christmas after all Luther is verbally bludgeoned by his wife, beat down by his neighbors, and finally surrenders to the joys of the season There are obvious parallels to A Christmas Carol Both have wealthy men learning an important truth For Ebenezer Scrooge, the lesson is social consciousness, to take care of the least of his brothers and sisters For Luther, it is that any attempt to withdraw from the conspicuous consumption of Christmastime will be dealt with by public ostracism Both receive this message through visitors For Ebenezer, those visitors are three ghosts For Luther, it is the Yuletide Gestapo coming to make sure the tinsel is on the tree I don t write this as a cynic I love Christmas I celebrate Christmas I started watching sappy holiday movies while my kids were still out trick or treating My enjoyment, however, does not require everyone else to love it too I know plenty of people who don t get into the season like I do, for various reasons It never occurred to me to bully them into line The sad truth is that I picked this up in the spirit of Christmas cheer When I finished, I just wished it was Spring


  2. Darth J Darth J says:

    The story is simple enough the only child of a family won t be home for Christmas, so the parents decide to treat themselves to a cruise instead of dealing with all the drama that comes along with the holiday and then the neighbors get super angry at them This part got my hackles raised I m not a fan of people being in my business or giving me unsolicited opinions or advice about things that don t concern them I ve gotten pretty good at going dead eyed and giving a terseNoto pushy pe The story is simple enough the only child of a family won t be home for Christmas, so the parents decide to treat themselves to a cruise instead of dealing with all the drama that comes along with the holiday and then the neighbors get super angry at them This part got my hackles raised I m not a fan of people being in my business or giving me unsolicited opinions or advice about things that don t concern them I ve gotten pretty good at going dead eyed and giving a terseNoto pushy people I can see why the neighbors would want Frosty on the roof for a neighborhood award, but you gotta respect when someone tells you no the first time.I couldn t live in this neighborhood I know it s a community and they all come together at the end, but I m a firm believer in setting boundaries with people blows whistle No means No Further, the parents should have just told the daughter the truth They get a phone call that she s on the plane home when they already have plans for a cruise Right then and there they should have explained to the daughter that you can t just surprise people like that holidays take planning, overnight guests take planning too Listen, we already made plans, you need to make other arrangements You re an adult, so you need to understand that you can t just expect people to drop whatever they are doing to accommodate you is what the parents should have said instead of rushing around to set up the holiday for the air headed daughter.Nevertheless, I still liked the book and read it just about every Winter since it s really short


  3. Tea Jovanović Tea Jovanović says:

    One of my favorite Grisham translations Probably, because every Christmas I have the same idea wish of skipping it And being a child from a mixed marriage and having both Ortodox and Catholic Christmas does t help a thing Same feeling goes for Easter


  4. Becky Becky says:

    I am not very traditional When we were kids, we decorated, because it was fun for my parents to see us excited about the holiday but we never really did the Perfect Christmas thing as, apparently, people do Last year, we went to Asian Cafe and had sushi, and the year before that we did Rainbow Trout for dinner I imagine that my mom will start getting festive now, and decorating her house and going all out for the holiday because my nephew is getting to the age where he ll get excited about I am not very traditional When we were kids, we decorated, because it was fun for my parents to see us excited about the holiday but we never really did the Perfect Christmas thing as, apparently, people do Last year, we went to Asian Cafe and had sushi, and the year before that we did Rainbow Trout for dinner I imagine that my mom will start getting festive now, and decorating her house and going all out for the holiday because my nephew is getting to the age where he ll get excited about that kind of thing But for my boyfriend and I it s just a day We do gifts, we get a little Charlie Brown type tree if any and we have dinner at home or out somewhere that s open in true A Christmas Story style, but all of the OMGCHRISTMAS is something that we don t buy into or understand We re heathens I honestly don t know why this book exists I didn t get it at all If you want to do your own thing for the holidays, do it It s not a big deal Everyone in this book acted like it was, but that s because they re all nosy shit heads who think that conformity and homogeneity makes a good neighborhood, and good neighbors are expected to participate in the festivities I think that s bullshit Don t do the tree, don t do the gifts, don t do the decorating, or the dinner, or the party, or the cards, or whatever It s nobody s business but yours, and if your neighbors have a problem with it well, that s their problem isn t it Last I checked, Christmas wasn t a requirement Anyway, I d seen this movie Christmas with the Kranks and thought that it was pretty funny, so when I discovered that I actually had it on my kindle, I decided to read it as one of the short books to fill my remaining quota of challenge reads I WILL NOT FAIL This book should have taken me about 2 hours, but instead it took me two days For some reason, I just found the book annoying, in a way that the movie wasn t, despite it having Tim Allen in the lead I found the characters to all be simply annoying So superficial and suburban, upper middle class, keep up with the Joneses, traditional They all decorate, and all have Frostys placement and date of set up dictated by that one neighbor who thinks he s King Shit of Turd Hill , they do the overpriced cards, have the big holiday party, make the same dinner every year, blah blah blah They all do this, not for the joy of the season, or because they like to, but because it s expected of them Because it s what they ve always done Because they ll be judged by their neighbors if they fail to assimilate Resistance is futile So, god forbid, someone want to do something different The nerve The gall The SELFISHNESS Regardless, the Kranks decide to not do Christmas and instead go on a cruise Which mortally offends everyone ever Their neighbors go on a campaign of terror to bully the Kranks into the Christmas spirit, even going so far as to recruit college kids to carol in front of their house repeatedly or send them Frosty the Snowman cards or leave Free Frosty campaign signs on their lawn Which only makes the Kranksstubborn and resistant Of course, everyone has a lovely change of heart on Christmas eve when, for some reason, everyone comes together to help save the day and protect the illusion of a Perfect Christmas for the 23 year old Krank daughter and her fiance whom she s known for literally 3 weeks when they unexpectedly call on Christmas Eve to surprise everyone by coming home for Christmas So the whole neighborhood rallies to their rescue Because again I guess it s expected that Christmas be properly perfect Nora was such a whining ninny that she got on my nerves about 3 seconds into the book, with her constant Is she OK questioning For god s sake, the girl is 23 and in Peru TEACHING She s not in a war zone And how the hell is Nora s husband supposed to know if she s OK His crystal ball works no better than anyone else s Luther got on my nerves, too Just because stuff happens at the end of December doesn t mean that it s part of Christmas He d already agreed to charitable giving as the exception to their skipping Christmas yet when the police department and fire departments come to collect money for their charities, he turns them away, cherry picking Christmas vs Charity based on whether he feels like he s being shaken down for cash or not He s essentially railing against being expected to give to these organizations, which I can understand but again, it s hypocritical All in the guise of saving money, but then he throws hundred of dollars away for tanning sessions while insisting on skipping the free holiday events He would rather be miserable and hide himself away from his neighbors than compromise Ugh Such a stupid premise for a book ZOMG Someone s not doing Christmas right Let s harass the shit out of them until they do it the way we think is proper That s TRUE Christmas spirit


  5. Bonnie Bonnie says:

    What a way to end 2009 reading one of the worst books I ve read this year, and I ve read some real stinkers Usually I have to at least contemplate giving one or two stars I didn t even have to think about how many stars this deserves one Well, really zero, but that s not an option here Where to begin First, I did not like a single character The Kranks were aptly named The father was surly and touchy and seemed annoyed by the entire world The mother was weak and whiny And the daughter What a way to end 2009 reading one of the worst books I ve read this year, and I ve read some real stinkers Usually I have to at least contemplate giving one or two stars I didn t even have to think about how many stars this deserves one Well, really zero, but that s not an option here Where to begin First, I did not like a single character The Kranks were aptly named The father was surly and touchy and seemed annoyed by the entire world The mother was weak and whiny And the daughter was selfish and had no sense of reality, even though partly that s because Grisham decided to do absolutely no research into the Peace Corps I have a friend in the Peace Corps right now and they get two days of vacation per month of work So, no, little Blair would not be coming home for ten days of Christmas after less than a month of service Plus, getting engaged and taking the fiance to a foreign country to meet her parents after knowing each other less than four weeks Really, Grisham, you put so little effort into this book that you can t even be bothered to have a decent plot device to have the Kranks give up their skipped Christmas Considering the fiance lived in Lima and Blair lived a 3 day bus ride into the mountains from Lima, they probably saw each other about twice between the initial meeting and coming to America engaged I guess they called each other a lot Plus, getting last minute plane tickets during the Christmas season On whose money And don t get me started on the neighbors We are supposed to feel all heart warmed and mushy that they pulled together to give the Kranks a Christmas in the end Except they completely harassed them for the previous few weeks Their behavior was spiteful and rude I know this is supposed to be a book about the madness of the holiday season and crass consumerism or something, but, really, there s a line that most people walk between giving into the holiday frenzy and not doing a single Christmas related thing The Kranks were so unhappy because they went from one end of the spectrum to the other without attempting any decent moderation The best thing about this book in fact, the ONLY good thing about this book was that it was short


  6. Zachary Zachary says:

    An absolute horror show of a book The two worst people in the entire world decide to not celebrate Christmas for a year and their Nazi suburban beehive neighbors treat them like they re hosting a donkey show in the front window There isn t a single character in this book who passes the basic test of decency The couple lie to their daughter and treat her like a non person The husband is a hateful a hole The wife is shallow and defeated The neighborhood men are bullies The neighborhood wome An absolute horror show of a book The two worst people in the entire world decide to not celebrate Christmas for a year and their Nazi suburban beehive neighbors treat them like they re hosting a donkey show in the front window There isn t a single character in this book who passes the basic test of decency The couple lie to their daughter and treat her like a non person The husband is a hateful a hole The wife is shallow and defeated The neighborhood men are bullies The neighborhood women are a backbiting hen house Despite the faint glimmer of kindness in the last chapter, this book is a contemptable look at contemptable people Merry Christmas, shitheads


  7. Phrynne Phrynne says:

    I was not much impressed by this book I should have read the reviewsclosely because lots of people seem to feel the same and worse The story was weak, the characters unlikeable and there was really very little humour For me it fell apart right from the basic premise that the Kranks were doing something unusual in going on holiday over Xmas Really Millions of people do it every year including me some years And the neighbours were just awful I suppose it was intended to be funny but I I was not much impressed by this book I should have read the reviewsclosely because lots of people seem to feel the same and worse The story was weak, the characters unlikeable and there was really very little humour For me it fell apart right from the basic premise that the Kranks were doing something unusual in going on holiday over Xmas Really Millions of people do it every year including me some years And the neighbours were just awful I suppose it was intended to be funny but I barely raised a smile Apologies to readers who liked it but it obviously was not my cup of tea


  8. John John says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here This review contains spoilers because this book is not worth reading You have been warned.The book portrays the over the top commercialism that many people live every day, but evenso at Christmas time A couple tries to skip Christmas and spend the money on a cruise instead They are ridiculed by their neighbors, office workers, and friends Everything is going fine until a surprise Christmas Eve phone call from their daughter, who has been in Peru for a month, that she is returning home This review contains spoilers because this book is not worth reading You have been warned.The book portrays the over the top commercialism that many people live every day, but evenso at Christmas time A couple tries to skip Christmas and spend the money on a cruise instead They are ridiculed by their neighbors, office workers, and friends Everything is going fine until a surprise Christmas Eve phone call from their daughter, who has been in Peru for a month, that she is returning home for Christmas with her fiance The wife start an emergency Christmas, blaming her husband for not having Christmas this year They decide to not tell their daughter about the cruise and stay home for Christmas They pull it off Christmas and give the cruise to their neighbor, whose wife has cancer and doesn t have long to live.The couple gave in to their adult daughter and protected her from knowing about their plans They should have told their daughter that they were grateful for her visit, but they had different plans this year and would be leaving on Christmas Day for a cruise Instead, they reacted like parents of a toddler that throws a tantrum in the store, BUY ME SOME CANDY Children, especially adult children, need to learn that the world does not revolve around them.The wife should not have blamed her husband for not having Christmas She was in agreement about the cruise While it was harder for her to skip Christmas, she did it willingly She and her husband are equally responsible for this


  9. Melissa Melissa says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Honestly, when I got to the ending, I thought what was the point of this The author, it seemed, slapped two different concepts together and as a result, created a very disappointing book First half had great potential in the Krunks fighting a losing battle against forced gaiety and the commericialization of Christmas I was rooting for the Krunks to make it to the end Then the daughter decides to come home All is lost as they attempt to recreate Christmases of the past for the daughter Wh Honestly, when I got to the ending, I thought what was the point of this The author, it seemed, slapped two different concepts together and as a result, created a very disappointing book First half had great potential in the Krunks fighting a losing battle against forced gaiety and the commericialization of Christmas I was rooting for the Krunks to make it to the end Then the daughter decides to come home All is lost as they attempt to recreate Christmases of the past for the daughter Why I was very deflated at the end to see the Krunks cave There was no lesson in this except that when spoiling your daughter, no sacrifice or compromising of ideals or caving to the Stepford neighborhood is too much Author could have made a blistering commentary on the overblown excess of the season, and caved to it instead


  10. Carol Evans Carol Evans says:

    I adore holiday books, especially those centered around Christmas, but this is one I wish I had skipped At least it was short.First of all, I didn t like anybody through 7 8 of the book Mr Krank, is, well, a crank His wife agrees with his skipping Christmas idea but still manages to lay all the blame on him Their neighbors and friends are jerks I would be jealous if someone I knew were taking a cruise for Christmas not angry I do think the Kranks were going a little overboard though I d I adore holiday books, especially those centered around Christmas, but this is one I wish I had skipped At least it was short.First of all, I didn t like anybody through 7 8 of the book Mr Krank, is, well, a crank His wife agrees with his skipping Christmas idea but still manages to lay all the blame on him Their neighbors and friends are jerks I would be jealous if someone I knew were taking a cruise for Christmas not angry I do think the Kranks were going a little overboard though I d still do some decorating, after all they were planning on being in town through most of December.Even the daughter was inconsiderate, assuming that her parents had made no alternative plans And why they didn t just tell her that they would be happy to spend Christmas Eve with her, but they were leaving on Christmas Day for a cruise is beyond me She s a grown woman, out of college, capable of heading across the world on her own.The last bit of the book held all the feel good moments, but overall I didn t care, and by the end felt manipulated I guess it had an anti materialism message somewhere, but there are way better stories out there


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