[Book Review] Skipping Christmas by John Grisham

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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.


After reading this book, I don’t really know what to say. It was fine, okay. I really like it but not really enjoyed it as much as I want to. The idea of skipping Christmas made me curious and at the same time weirded me out. I’ve never skipped Christmas eversince. Maybe because I don’t have much choice and it’s the Birth of Christ. As a Catholic, I feel obligated to celebrate it and it’s like a fact already. What I don’t really do was buy a tree every year for Christmas. We already have the tree that we’re going to use for the next years to follow. I understand about the foods, though. Christmas won’t be complete without foods, and friends to come and visit.

One thing is for sure, though, we always go to church weeks before Christmas, it’s called ‘Simbang gabi’ in our country, where it starts at December 16, I think. We can celebrate without Frosty on our roof, but I think that’s really an interesting competition. What I love about this book is the unity of the neighborhood. I lived my 18 years with my whole family — my uncles, auntys, nephews and niece, and with my cousins — as my neighbor. And this past 2 years living away from them. I kind of miss hanging out around them during Christmas day because I’m not really close with our neighbor where we’re currently living.

Overall, the book is good. Not so exciting and stuff but I enjoyed it nonetheless.

Rate: 3/5

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