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On Strike for Christmas (Holly #1)

3.69  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,231 Ratings  ·  221 Reviews
At Christmastime, it seems as though a woman's work is never done. Trimming the tree, mailing the cards, schlepping to the mall, the endless wrapping—bah humbug! So this year, Joy and Laura and the rest of their knitting group decide to go on strike. If their husbands and families want a nice holiday—filled with parties, decorations, and presents—well, they'll just have to ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published October 30th 2007 by St. Martin's Griffin
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Mar 28, 2010 Heather rated it it was ok
You know, there's a reason that I don't read much chick lit in any of it's forms. Even when it purports to be breaking stereotypes and questioning the status quo, most of the time it really just dresses both up in newish clothes. Such was the case with my book club's selection for December, On Strike for Christmas by Shelia Roberts.

The story follows the members of the Stitch 'n Bitch Knitting Club in their crusade to get their husbands to help out and appreciate all of their hard work at the hol
Liz Barnsley
Now then, I’m not one for Christmas. Very Bah Humbug me. I think it starts too early, goes on too long, has become way too commercial and is all about the stuff. Buy this buy that – if you can’t afford to get your children THE gift of the year SHAME ON YOU… and oh heavens have you SEEN how much food people buy to cover 2 days? The magic has been lost somewhat…well an awful lot. So it was interesting for me to read this novel to see if Sheila Roberts could ignite some Christmas spirit in me…

Olga Hernandez
Dec 22, 2011 Olga Hernandez rated it it was ok
I must be missing some gene that allows one to enjoy puerile, superficial plots. The book has good reviews, but I really have to wonder *why*? This is about a group of women who decide to go on strike for christmas. What does that mean? They make their husbands take over the details of holiday domestics while they sit back and mock their ineptitude. I hoped there would be a deeper meaning or revelation at the end, but not really. It's embarrasing to see how much selifishness, consumerism and sta ...more
Dec 08, 2009 Catherine rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: no one
I read this for a bookgroup. I think if I had just been reading it on my own I wouldn't have bothered finishing it. It read like a bad TV sitcom or Holiday movie. The characters weren't believable and were just based on stereotypes. The thing that irritated me the most about it was that every event was totally predictable (e.g. as they are leaving wife tells husband to make sure that the holiday costume he is bringing to their child's school is the right one - he arrives at the school and then c ...more
Dixie Goode
Jan 17, 2015 Dixie Goode rated it really liked it
I got the book a few days ago at the dollar tree and read it quickly. On Strike For Christmas isn't a book I would normally start mid January but for a dollar. Anyway the premise that the women in the small town of Holly (with names like Joy) are feeling stressed and unappreciated because their husbands expect Christmas to happen for them rather than with their help, is old fashioned and frankly ridiculous. That doesn't mean it doesn't ring true for some people. Anyway, the women jump on the ba ...more
Julia Wilson
Oct 31, 2015 Julia Wilson rated it it was amazing
On Strike For Christmas by Sheila Roberts is another delightful offering, and just perfect for a heart warming read on an Autumn evening.
As Thanksgiving ends and Christmas approaches, Joy and Laura, fed up with doing all the preparations and parties single handed, decide to go on strike for Christmas. If Christmas is to happen, then their husbands will be organising it. The local paper hears of the strike, and soon many more women have joined it. The men of the town of Holly are going to find ou
Dec 03, 2008 Nely rated it really liked it
On Strike for Christmas was a nice, feel good, get in the Christmas spirit type book. As I’m sure you can determine from the title alone, the book is about several women who decide to go on strike during Christmas. They feel overworked, underappreciated and totally taken advantage of during the holidays. There are four main characters:

Joy - married to "Bob Humbug"; he detests everything Christmas.
Laura - married to Mr. Popularity; he’s always the perfect host but never willing to lend a hand.
Angela Lynn Holland
Dec 16, 2012 Angela Lynn Holland rated it it was amazing
Why I read this book: I read this book because I like to read Christmas themed books at this time of year and it was the book my pen pal and I decided to read.
What I didn't like: I wish we could have had a little more about Carol. I did not like how grumpy she was and kind of mean at times to the girls but it was kind of explained why she was this way.
What I did like: I like the theme of the book and the way it was very light and easy to read. I also liked how in the end each story was summed u
Apr 20, 2009 LegallyBarb rated it it was ok
i didn't finish this one - i was simultaneously trying to get through the Twilight series, which just makes any book suck in comparison, but it also just wasn't good enough for me to bother coming back to it. the characters were annoying, at best - i guess i just don't relate to a housewife who cooks, cleans and decorates her house for a living, only to complain about all the cooking, cleaning and decorating that she has to do. out of 10 or so people in book club, i think only 2 or 3 bothered fi ...more
Jul 16, 2009 Aprillee rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book for different reasons then most Christmas books I read. In this book some women decide to go on strike because they feel like they do everything to make the holidays nice for their husbands and family and nobody helps them. I often read articles about people who simplify their Christmas celebrations and really enjoy the experience but I have a hard time imaging Christmas without all the fun things we do. What I really think needs to happen is that people need to communicate w ...more
I'm happily surprised that I liked this as much as I did. I was a little afraid it was going to be dark humor, but it turned out to be a happy story in the end. There were a few little vulgarities that I found unnecessary and out of character with the bulk of the story, But some sweet, heart-warming moments made up for that. I wonder how the movie stacks up? I'll have to watch it and judge for myself.

New note: 11/26/15 - the movie is nothing like the book at all. Skip the movie. read the book.
Diane Coto
Jun 17, 2015 Diane Coto rated it liked it
As some people do around the Christmas holidays, the women in this novel constantly bit off more than they could chew. Christmas cards had to be sent; pictures had to be developed to go into the cards; decorations had to go up (beautifully); food had to be prepared (perfectly); guests had to be invited … and on and on. The idea for the strike began right after Thanksgiving. Both Joy and Laura were exhausted after it was over and their husbands had not helped a lick. At their knitting club, they ...more
Dec 13, 2014 Samantha rated it it was ok

Not the greatest of books for me; it gambled on the fact that the readers really would believe that intelligent men and women could not sort out their differences without resorting to such drastic measures as females going on strike for Christmas until their partners committed to taking an active part in all the preparations and extra work that it presented for the women.

It was extremely predictable although amusing in parts, it did become tedious and I found I really got to the point where I di
Dec 12, 2014 Leah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When Joy despairs with her husband ‘Bob Humbug’s’ attitude to the festive season and the lack of appreciation he shows for all of the effort she puts in to making the festive season special, she decides that this year HE can be in charge of Christmas.
The idea spreads amongst members of her Stitch N Bitch Knitting Club as the wives decide that they are fed up of running Christmas each year and it’s about time their husbands started contributing their fair share towards the holiday season.
Before y
Dec 04, 2014 Agi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
OK, I'm for sure not going into the whole feminism here, battle of sexes, emancipation etc, I'm done with it, I'm just going to concentrate on the plot itself without any deeper judging and tell you what I enjoyed in the story and what not.

The whole idea of strike came from Joy, and if Bob was my husband, I would also go on strike. I didn't enjoy his attitude, at all. There were also other women who decided to went on strike, all of them feeling underappreciated and overworked, and I think they
Dec 09, 2014 Adele rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014-read
Joy’s husband hates Christmas and the whole party season. Laura’s husband is the complete opposite, he loves parties that much he invites all and sundry to their home far too often. Joy decides that this year she’ll support her husband to have no celebrations at Christmas. Laura has had enough of cleaning up after her husband and his many merry friends and declares no parties this Christmas. The girls announce their ‘no Christmas pact’ to their friends at the knitting group and are soon supporte ...more
Dec 26, 2010 Debbie rated it it was ok
Since I've been on strike at Christmas for the last several years, it was nice to know that I'm not the only one who is disillusioned and disappointed in how Christmas plays out in my home. I AM NOT ALONE! This would make a cute little holiday movie for TV.
Dec 24, 2014 Rebecca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Originally posted on Becca's Books ~

Firstly, a huge thank you to the fabulous Clara Diaz from Little, Brown UK for getting in touch and sending me a gorgeous paperback copy of On Strike for Christmas by Sheila Roberts which, of course, was in exchange for a fair and honest review! Also, I'd like to wish the author Sheila Roberts a very happy publication day!

When Clara first got in touch with me, it was On Strike for Christmas which immediately caught my atte
Dec 15, 2008 Ashley rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful book. It is the perfect book for Christmas time. It reminds one to be thankful for those who work hard to make the holiday special at home and it also reminds one to help out too.
Aug 12, 2013 Evelyn rated it it was amazing
There isn't a woman alive who hasn't felt the way these women do. This book is funny and so very accurate and just a great read.
Dec 14, 2010 Debbie rated it really liked it
A good, funny holiday read for women who feel they are taken for granted by the men in their lives. :)
Danielle Merjano
Mar 16, 2015 Danielle Merjano rated it liked it
I found this book at the 99 Cent Store and it seemed like a cute read as I was mourning Christmas ending. I also saw it was made into a Lifetime Movie on the cover which made me more interested in it.
A bunch of women who do way too much on Christmas decide to go on strike and make their husband's do the decorating, cards, cooking, etc. and of course by the end they find the true meaning of Christmas and everyone is happy. It was a cute book, I liked the dialogue between the characters, and it w
Chrissy (The Every Free Chance Reader)
Why did I pick this book: I've read this book before and wanted to read it again. I also just watched Lifetime's movie adaptation and I forgot how the book went.

Did I enjoy this book: I did but not as much as the first time I read it. The first time I got a big kick out of it. I laughed out loud and nodded my head in agreement. This time, some of the striking women just irritated me. I felt like some of the men...Christmas decorations and family traditions don't have to be perfect and they don't
Dec 31, 2014 Loraine rated it really liked it
SUMMARY: At Christmastime, it seems as though a woman’s work is never done. Trimming the tree, mailing the cards, schlepping to the mall, the endless wrapping—bah humbug! So this year, Joy and Laura and the rest of their knitting group decide to go on strike. If their husbands and families want a nice holiday—filled with parties, decorations, and presents—well, they’ll just have to do it themselves. The boycott soon takes on a life of its own when a reporter picks up the story and more women joi ...more
Dec 30, 2008 CS rated it liked it
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Jill Dunlop
Jan 26, 2011 Jill Dunlop rated it really liked it
Shelves: book-club
On Strike for Christmas begins with Joy Robertson deciding that she is going on strike for Christmas because her husband Bob doesn't appreciate that all the baking and decorating she does makes Christmas... well Christmas. She is hoping that by not doing anything Bob will come around to her way of thinking. When Joy goes to her knitting group and explains what she is doing the rest of the ladies decide that they are going to go on strike too. To make things even crazier, the newspaper decides to ...more
Jan 10, 2011 Gail rated it really liked it
Shelves: chick-lit
If, like most grown women with families, you've often thought at holiday time that Mrs. Claus was the one who REALLY ran things at the North Pole, then I suspect that you will identify with this light hearted book.
The women of a small town knitting group join together to hatch a plan; turning the holiday tables on their unsuspecting, and seemingly ungrateful, husbands. This year, it will be the husbands who plan the christmas celebrations. The women, are on strike. In other words, the husbands w
Connie N.
Dec 28, 2013 Connie N. rated it really liked it
I was torn at the beginning of this book because most of the women spent the whole time complaining about holiday preparations and how they did so much and had so little help. But it annoyed me because it seemed they were just going overboard with cards and decorations and baking and cooking and shopping and being very demanding without really asking for help--they just wanted things done their way. And another wife was upset because her husband didn't like to go to holiday parties with her beca ...more
Virginia Lloyd
Nov 06, 2013 Virginia Lloyd rated it it was amazing
Hey, ladies...ever feel abused and used during the holiday season? Are you one of those holiday fanatics who believes no one would do it right if you didn't do it? Yo, guys, do you unhappily go along with the lady of the house's plan for holiday one asking you what you would rather do or how you would rather spend the holiday season? Or are you one of those slobs who enjoys everything your wife does for the holidays and the way she completely adheres to your impromptu inviting o ...more
Oct 11, 2012 Jenny rated it it was amazing
I'm a sucker for reading books about families and friendships, and that's why I absolutely loved this book. And with the holidays right around the corner, this book is perfect timing (it starts the day of Thanksgiving). Basically, this book follows the lives of a group of women who participate in a sewing class (bitchin' stitchen, or something like that) and get the great idea of 'being a man' for Christmas: namely, not doing anything that their hubbies wouldn't do so that the men can learn what ...more
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Sheila Roberts lives on a lake in the Pacific Northwest. She’s happily married and has three children. Her books have been best-sellers, Amazon top ten romance picks, and her popular holiday novel, "On Strike for Christmas" was made into a movie for the Lifetime channel. When she’s not speaking to women’s groups or at conferences she can be found writing about those things near and dear to women’s ...more
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