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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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Heather
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
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Liz Wilkins
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…

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Olga Hernandez
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
Catherine
Dec 08, 2009 Catherine rated it 2 of 5 stars
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
Nely
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.
Sha
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Angela Lynn Holland
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
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LegallyBarb
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
Aprillee
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
Samantha

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
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Leah
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
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Shirin coglon
DISCLAIMER *** I WAS GIVEN A FREE COPY OF THIS BOOK FROM LITTLE BROWN BOOK GROUP IN RETURN FOR AN HONEST REVIEW ***

I love Christmas reads but do not often get to fit them in around all the craziness of the season. It was tough choosing one but On strike for Christmas sounded perfect, who does not or has not ever felt like packing it in and going on strike for Christmas I know I have.

As soon as i started reading this book, I was captivated. I did not put it down except too put tea in the oven. Th
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Shirin coglon
Disclaimer *** I was given this book free in exchange for an honest review

As soon as i started reading this book, I was captivated. I did not put it down except too put tea in the oven. The only thing missing was a roaring coal fire! Unfortunately our electric one doesn't quite give the feeling the same. This book is a heart warming, fun, cozy read, at times i was laughing out loud, others i was fighting tears. It is a perfect Christmas read. In fact so much it has lifted my christmas spirit so
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Agi
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
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Adele
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
Ashley
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.
Evelyn
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.
Loraine
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
Debbie
A good, funny holiday read for women who feel they are taken for granted by the men in their lives. :)
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
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Jill Dunlop
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
Gail
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
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Connie N.
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
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 festivities...no 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
Jenny
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
Donna
This was a fun book. You know from the beginning everything is going to work out for the best, you just don't know how.

It's funny because unless you live your life in a blissful bubble EVERY woman has experienced what drove these women to go on strike. Male apathy!

I thought I was the only woman in the world who had a man that thought things got done w/ the swipe of a magic wand. Really? I work all day to come home & see you sprawled on the couch because YOU had the day off? You ask me 'What
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Stacie
This book was recommended by a friend of mine who read it last Christmas. It was our book club read for this month and I am glad I didn't read it until AFTER Christmas. I think I might have gotten all wrapped up in the women of Holly's strike and joined in myself! I do have to admit that it would have been really tough for me to carry out the whole strike...not buying presents and baking. I could have easily given up the decorating part though!

Even before reading this book, I decided I didn't n
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Samie Sands
On Strike For Christmas looks at the different dynamic between families during the holiday season. With the women all going on strike and leaving everything to the men, will everything turn out as the expected? The plot is filled with drama, fun and shifting perspectives. A lovely read for the holidays.
Ramonie Brandt
This book was so light hearted that I laughed (out loud)so many times while reading which is not something that I normally do! This book is not a Christmas time story and should not be viewed this way. I liked how everyone had a chance to see their own flaws and changed for the better.
Tracey
This one hits close to home for just about every woman that I know. On the heels of Thanksgiving preparation madness and the start of yet another Christmas, the women of 'Holly' join forces with 'Joy'(got to love these names) and go on srtike. The premise has run through the mind of virtually anyone who has come to shoulder the responsibilities of pulling off a picturebook holiday. Frustrated with the lack of help their husbands supply, the women hand over the entire season to their spouse. Expe ...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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