Book Review – Skipping Christmas


(Blurb from the book cover)

Imagine a year without Christmas. No crowded malls, 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 Hemlock Street without a rooftop Frosty; 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 have become part of our holiday tradition.


This book was a loaner from a friend and I honestly thought I would be trudging through the pages. To be honest I wasn’t even thrilled at the prospect. However after the first page I couldn’t find enough time to read it. I didn’t want to put it down. It’s hilarious and I caught myself gasping at a couple of moments of Luther’s antics. I have to admit it has relatable characters and Luther just happens to be my favorite. I was really rooting for him! The story flowed smoothly and the plot kept me wondering what was going to snag Luther into another antic. I think overall some of the pitfalls Luther experience and his wife wearing blinders and acting a bit like June Cleaver. The neighborhood itself was too National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation with the image of perfectly decorated houses that are all too perfect with that one that doesn’t quite fit in, were a bit much.

Overall I loved the book. Well written, certainly zany characters and a plausible story line.

I’d recommend this book to friends and I give it 3.5 stars.


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