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On Strike for Christmas

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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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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...more
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
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...more
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
A good, funny holiday read for women who feel they are taken for granted by the men in their lives. :)
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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
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...more
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
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
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...more
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...more
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.
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
Jan 24, 2009 Sueij rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Sueij by: Loretta
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What would happen if all the women decided to stop doing everything that is expected, especially at Christmas? This is the story of several women in a small town who decide they've had enough of their husbands doing nothing while they do all the holiday shopping, baking, cooking, cleaning, children's costume making and mostly decorating. It remind me of a children's story about the Skinner family when mom goes on strike, too. As in that story, this one also gets attention from the media, in this...more
funny, seasonal book -- fortunately my husband is not as clueless as the men portrayed in this book. Follows usual chick-lit formula -- women brought together by a hobby, in this case a knitting group, a dilemma -- tired of having to do EVERYTHING for the holidays and feeling unappreciated. Add some humorous incidents (love the guy stopped for speeding while racing out to get the party ice that somehow wasn't automatically in the freezer and cop lets off with a warning since his wife is on strik...more
Julie Barrett
on strike for christmas by sheila roberts, wow this was me a few years ago when i was no longer able to see.

I did go on strike and got a LOT OF help from my husband to help with all the Christmas chores. This is a very good book about how one woman can't take it anymore, doing it all for the holidays and her husband sits back and does nothing. she brings it to her knitting friends and they also want to go on strike for the holidays, make their spouses do it all this year.

this is hilarious but so...more
Julie Barrett
on strike for christmas by sheila roberts, wow this was me a few years ago when i was no longer able to see.

I did go on strike and got a LOT OF help from my husband to help with all the Christmas chores. This is a very good book about how one woman can't take it anymore, doing it all for the holidays and her husband sits back and does nothing. she brings it to her knitting friends and they also want to go on strike for the holidays, make their spouses do it all this year.

this is hilarious but so...more
If you're a woman who does too much around Christmas time and feels like your husband does NOT, then this is the book for you! Humorously written, this book shows what could happen if a small town's women banded together to go on strike during Christmas time. That means they will not be shopping for presents, baking Christmas cookies or even taking the kids to get Santa pictures. If anything Christmas-related is going to happen, it's up to the husbands. I enjoyed this story and it did cause me t...more
Erin (NY)
I had a lot of issues with this book. In mind all of these women were crazy! Never in my right mind I would do all the Christmas stuff by myself while my husband lounges on the couch. We always do everything together, which is I guess why I found it so hard to relate to the characters. The only character in the book I liked was Carol, I felt like she was the only sane one.

I think it was fun to read a book about Christmas, I haven't read too many. It gives a very humorous look on all the traditio...more
Old theme but entertaining story - at Christmas time, the female of the family group is saddled with 90% (or greater) of the Christmas work. The planning, decorating, cooking, baking, shopping, wrapping, entertaining, costume-constructing, Santa visiting and card sending are all hers. So what happens if the women go on strike?? This book uses that premise and follows several families in its story line. The events were typical and the ending predictable and I loved the book anyway. It made the Ch...more
Truly funny and heartwarming. Anyone feeling underappreciated should read this.
Cute...holiday read. A little predictable but still fun to watch the menfolk muddle through the myriad of Christmas "to do's" we usually cram into the busy season. Bob "humbug" was one of my favorite characters. One of my favorite parts was when Dad took the kids to the mall for Christmas pictures with Santa. Another was the "online" shopping for gifts. Check it out for a quick lighthearted read. You'll laugh and maybe even re-evaluate some of the "must haves" on your list. I'm all for simplicit...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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