Skipping Christmas

skippingIf you want a light-hearted, funny Christmas story, look no further than John Grisham’s Skipping Christmas.

When the Kranks daughter, Blair, leaves for Peru to join the Peace Corps, her father decides to skip Christmas this year. After crunching the numbers, Luther Krank works out they had spent $6000 on the previous Christmas, so suggests he and his wife use that money for a Caribbean cruise. This will mean no greeting cards, no parties, no decorations, and not even the yearly donations to local charities.

But skipping Christmas is not as easy as they thought it would be. Their nosey neighbours are mortified that the Kranks are not conforming to the Christmas spirit. Worried that they won’t win the annual prize for best street decorations, and offended by the fact the Kranks won’t be holding their traditional Christmas Eve party, they begin to pressure the couple into joining the festivities.

Skipping Christmas is not what you’d expect from John Grisham. The crime writer deviates from his usual style and genre, to create an entertaining, laugh-out-loud story filled with eccentric characters. The novel, which was turned into the 2004 film Christmas with the Kranks starring Tim Allen, Jamie Lee Curtis and Dan Aykroyd, is a must read for anyone who can relate to the fantasy of skipping the pressures and expenses of Christmas just once.