Now you know that I love David Sedaris. I want to be his best friend--although I know that I would end up as a wacky and pathetic character in one of his essays. These essays, most which have been printed in other works, all deal with holidays. Some of them were wonderful (The SantaLand Diaries) and some of them bordered on really, really mean. Hope, don't read this book, there is one essay that I really don't think you would appreciate--I didn't. However, others sparkle with that unique take on life that radiates from the Sedaris clan. My personal favorite was, of course, SantaLand Diaries. I didn't just laugh out loud, I almost ran the van off the highway (obviously I was listening to the audio edition). Great laughs that involved both tears and a runny nose. Great laughs. My personal favorite was David Sedaris singing (at Santa's insistence, Away in a Manager--he was so mad that he sang it like Billie Holiday would have if she made a Christmas album--Santa stopped him after four lines, it was scaring the child). But then what do you expect from a 32 year old man who is employed as an elf in Macy's SantaLand in New York. (By the way, his elf name was Crumpet at the beginning of the season. He changed it to Blisters as Christmas drew closer and the season heated up.) Jesus Shaves was another good one--trying to explain in broken French about the Easter Bunny and the meaning of Easter--not that those too items are related in any way. Loved this book.