This Christmas, I was determined to get in the holiday spirit and truly enjoy this time of the year. How did I do it? First, I decided not to go to the malls after Thanksgiving for my own sanity. Second, I decorated my house and wrapped presents early so I could enjoy the month of December and not be rushed to do everything all at once. Lastly, I decided to read a Christmas book. I have to admit, as an adult, I have never read a Christmas book until this year, but after this year I will make this a new Christmas tradition.
I chose to read "Skipping Christmas" by John Grisham. In this novel, the main characters, Luther and Nora Krank, decide to skip Christmas after their only child, Blair, has left for the Peace Corps the weekend after Thanksgiving. After her departure, Luther decides to calculate how much they spent the previous Christmas and was appalled when the figure was over six thousand dollars. Instead of spending so much money this year, Luther decides they should go on a cruise instead and save the extra money. All he has to do is convince his wife that this is a good idea. But as the Kranks soon realize, skipping Christmas has many unforeseen consequences.
This book is very funny and heartwarming. I would recommend this to anyone who wants to get in the Christmas spirit!
Recommended by Shannon Jackson