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Skipping Christmas

3.49  ·  Rating details ·  56,049 ratings  ·  4,645 reviews
Imagine a year without Christmas. No crowded shops, no corny office parties, no fruitcakes, no unwanted presents. That's just what Luther and Nora Krank have in mind when they decide that, just this once, they'll skip the holiday altogether. Theirs will be the only house on the street without a rooftop Frosty the snowman; they won't be hosting their annual Christmas Eve ba ...more
Paperback, 198 pages
Published November 6th 2004 by Arrow (first published November 6th 2001)
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Dec 19, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christmas
"Who would ever dream that two otherwise sensible adults would skip Christmas and go on a cruise?"

It is a question posed by an idiot. The idiot in question being Nora Krank, who learned too late the awful price to be paid for not strictly conforming to your neighbors’ Christmastide expectations.

One is tempted to treat the question as the rhetorical device of an imbecile. And yet, the temptation to answer is overwhelming, if only because the answer is so obvious to everyone except the people inh
Darth J
Apr 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The story is simple enough: the only child of a family won't be home for Christmas, so the parents decide to treat themselves to a cruise instead of dealing with all the drama that comes along with the holiday and then the neighbors get super angry at them!!!!!

This part got my hackles raised. I'm not a fan of people being in my business or giving me unsolicited opinions or advice about things that don't concern them. I've gotten pretty good at going dead-eyed and giving a terse "No." to pushy pe
Tea Jovanović
May 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
One of my favorite "Grisham" translations... Probably, because every Christmas I have the same idea/wish of skipping it! And being a child from a mixed marriage and having both Ortodox and Catholic Christmas does't help a thing! :) Same feeling goes for Easter :)
I am not very traditional. When we were kids, we decorated, because it was fun for my parents to see us excited about the holiday - but we never really did the Perfect Christmas thing as, apparently, people do. Last year, we went to Asian Cafe and had sushi, and the year before that we did Rainbow Trout for dinner. (I imagine that my mom will start getting festive now, and decorating her house and going all out for the holiday because my nephew is getting to the age where he'll get excited about ...more
Dec 26, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: schlock
What a way to end 2009: reading one of the worst books I've read this year, and I've read some real stinkers. Usually I have to at least contemplate giving one or two stars. I didn't even have to think about how many stars this deserves: one. Well, really zero, but that's not an option here.

Where to begin? First, I did not like a single character. The Kranks were aptly named. The father was surly and touchy and seemed annoyed by the entire world. The mother was weak and whiny. And the daughter
Dec 06, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: human monsters
Shelves: 2008
An absolute horror-show of a book. The two worst people in the entire world decide to not celebrate Christmas for a year and their Nazi suburban beehive neighbors treat them like they're hosting a donkey show in the front window. There isn't a single character in this book who passes the basic test of decency. The couple lie to their daughter and treat her like a non-person. The husband is a hateful a-hole. The wife is shallow and defeated. The neighborhood men are bullies. The neighborhood wome ...more
Nov 15, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was not much impressed by this book. I should have read the reviews more closely because lots of people seem to feel the same and worse! The story was weak, the characters unlikeable and there was really very little humour. For me it fell apart right from the basic premise that the Kranks were doing something unusual in going on holiday over Xmas. Really? Millions of people do it every year including me some years. And the neighbours were just awful. I suppose it was intended to be funny but I ...more
Dec 21, 2008 rated it did not like it
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Carol Evans
Nov 09, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christmas
I adore holiday books, especially those centered around Christmas, but this is one I wish I had skipped. At least it was short.

First of all, I didn’t like anybody through 7/8 of the book. Mr. Krank, is, well, a crank. His wife agrees with his skipping Christmas idea but still manages to lay all the blame on him. Their neighbors and friends are jerks. I would be jealous if someone I knew were taking a cruise for Christmas not angry. I do think the Kranks were going a little overboard though. I’d
Dec 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned, owned-donated
This was a cute little Christmas themed book. Very much looking forward to watching the movie, and could very distinctively feel Jaimie Lee Curtis losing her s@#t!

I like to read a theme book every festive season, and this filled the spot nicely. Regardless of calling off Christmas or not (which is what this couple decided to do), the Christmas they do do every year is way over the top. I'm quite boring and love a tree, some nice decorations and a few tasteful lights.

No street themed snowmen and
Dec 03, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christmas
A light holiday read, this book actually makes me tear up at the end. (Ignore the horrifying movie, Christmas with the Kranks, which was loosely based on it.) This is the story of a rather unlikeable guy who, with his only daughter away for Christmas, convinces his wife that they will actually save money and enjoy the holiday more if they "skip" Christmas and go on a cruise instead. No donations, no decorations, no gifts, just a cruise. Of course, forces conspire against him, sometimes too over- ...more
Nov 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: grisham
A refreshing,light and breezy read.A couple plans to skip Christmas,save money and go on a cruise.Good fun,and thankfully does not go on for 400 plus pages,like his other books.
Dec 15, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Lame. Pointless. Pathetic. Unworthy.
Instead of Skipping Christmas, skip this book.

I barely enjoyed the movie and it was way better than the book. I read this ASSuming that the film was based on a funnier, better characterized, more in depth holiday story of a couple attempting and failing to skip Christmas. Wrong. That ASSumption made an ASS out of me and I'm hoping to spare you the same fate.

Every character was as unlikable as the next. The entire presumptuous town basically abused this couple
Dec 05, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: audible, holiday, humor
I thought this book had a few funny parts, but I was also bored at times. Nothing really happened that you didn't expect. It was just an ok Christmas tale. I think if I could I would give it two and a half stars. In the Christmas spirit, I will push it up to three.
Nov 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites-books
I was looking through overdrive on my phone to see if it had any Christmas audiobooks available so I can listen to the audio while I was at the gym exercising last month. Because I was so in the Christmas and Holiday spirit in November because of my family real-life issues were getting a little rough at the beginning of November. I wanted to listen to an audiobook that left a little more my Christmas and Holiday spirit, and I was so surprised when I saw skipping Christmas was available on overdr ...more
Man, this was exactly like the movie Christmas with the Franks BUT with a lot more background information.

Skipping Christmas was a really fun holiday book to dive into. It was a lot of fun to learn more about Luther and Nora has a couple. Yes, they loved Blair but these folks just wanted a break from Christmas. Okay, it was mostly Luther but he can easily persuade his wife. Unfortunately, for him, not everything goes as planned.

All Luther wanted was to go on a cruise for the holidays. Never been
Sep 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Delightful and different. I re-read this every year at Christmas time!
Marika Gillis
Nov 18, 2014 rated it did not like it
A long time ago I used to read John Grisham. A lot of John Grisham. I was definitely a fan of the courtroom drama written in his words. So, I thought this book might be a safe (and also easy) choice for book club.

Not so.

Unfortunately, this book was surprisingly terrible. It was so bad that it might just be the standard by which to judge all other terrible books. Underdeveloped, shallow characters, pointless diatribe, a complete lack of conviction, and a splash of random racism combine to make
Dec 05, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: borrowed
Truth be told, I've never read a John Grisham novel before this book. So this book made quite an impression. I know that his other books were obviously more serious that this one, but I really liked how this book turned out. Although how they celebrate Christmas here in the US is different than how we celebrate it back home, more or less, it's still the same, being with FAMILY and FRIENDS. And being grateful for the things that we have.
Dec 26, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: adult-fiction
Skipping Christmas starts off with Luther and Nora Krank saying farewell at the airport to their daughter, Blair, as she departs to Peru to work for the Peace Corps. This is the first year she won't be celebrating Christmas with her family. Almost immediately afterward, Luther hatches a diabolical scheme - to skip celebrating Christmas altogether and depart on a cruise to the Caribbean instead, saving thousands of dollars in the process. At first Nora is reluctant but he persuades her and she fi ...more
Dec 23, 2019 rated it liked it
Almost exactly like the movie. I can say that I actually liked parts of the movie a bit better.
I still hate how everyone berates these two for taking time out for themselves...their daughter just left home they are entitled to something crazy like a get away cruise. If it were me I would have left a week before Christmas then been gone through the holiday. Who chooses to travel on Christmas day?!!!
And the neighbors acting like they are doing some huge favor by pulling together and putting on a p
Dec 22, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook, fiction
I read this slight Christmas story as an unabridged audiobook in the balmy month of June. I must say that reading this in the summer did not make me all gushy and wistful for the hectic Christmas season which I suppose is the point of this book.

Luther Krank is quite disgusted by the commercialism of Christmas and the thousands of dollars he wastes every year on the season. This year, since his daughter is out of the country, he decides to skip it altogether and spend the holiday with his wife on
In my opinion, this is the Christmas book. Forget A Christmas Carol or anything else resembling wholesome Christmas stories, Skipping Christmas is a destined classic. What can I say, the concept of skipping Christmas entirely and going on a cruise instead just speaks to my Grinch-y soul.

This year I opted to re-read the audiobook version which is narrated by Dennis Boutsikaris who portrays Luther Krank perfectly in all his deadpan humorous glory. When I first discovered this novel, many, many yea
Stephan van der Linde
Apr 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is a fun read, but personal, I think it was frustrating. This because the main-character acts totally different then I would have.

Social-control at it's worst, grrrr anyhow, I can't stand it..

A family decides to skip christmas for a year to visit (Florida?). The neighbourhood which every year celebrates this with a certain tradition, can't stand the fact the family "just" not participate.

I caught myself getting mad, little by litte, how the people around intervene and show their disapprov
Xiomara Canizales
Dec 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017-read
My rating is 3.5/5

It was a funny story with a deeper layer, a moral layer.
Are worth the expenses we made for the holidays?
Is it necessary to buy all the things everybody is selling in order to celebrate the holiday?
Is is okay is someone just doesn't feel in the mood to join the trail and just skip the holiday?

I was reflecting on the meaning behind the celebration at this time of the year through my reading, I fond Luther Krank, nobody should be forced to celebrate if the person doesn't fell li
Aug 05, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 1412-challenge
There was nothing wrong with this book. My two stars are a reflection of my enjoyment (or lack thereof), not Grisham’s skill. I have always loved Grisham and remember anxiously awaiting his next release with almost the amount of anticipation I reserve for Stephen King or Colleen McCullough. That waned after the tenth book in a row written with the Grisham “David & Goliath” formula, so I remember the excitement that THIS book would be different. And it was. Careful what you wish for…
This had its
This book starts off with a rather hefty dose of reality check about the Christmas period shopping binges we all partake in.

Set in an all-American town, in a street not unlike those you see in the kids Christmas movies, Skipping Christmas follows a couple through an interesting idea.

Luther and Nora Krank give up the turkey and all the trimmings, turn a blind eye to the street Christmas light competition and refuse to decorate their house, and, instead plan a get away to the Caribbean on a cruise
Jun 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
(To the tune of 'How the Grinch Stole Christmas.')

You're a weird one, Mr. Grisham. You've penned a comic tale.
It's a holiday disaster. It's a hopeless humor fail.
That apes The Grinch!
This silly story of an accountant rejecting Christmas... is amusement's coffin's nail.

You tried to branch out, Mr. Grisham. You're the king, of legal thrills.
But it turns out schmaltz and parody were not among your skills.
Says this Grinch!
And I wouldn't read it again... if you paid all my bills.

Note: It's not THAT
2018: read this with my husband. It’s an enjoyable and entertaining read all the way through.

2016: Loved this book so much. Now I have a book hangover. I need another just as heartwarming and page turning. This will be an annual read. I loved the movie, the book is better, of course. Simply delightful!
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“Sounds awful."

"No, it's wonderful. And it's just for one year. Let's take a break. Blair's not here. she'll be back next year and we can jump back into the Christmas chaos, if that's what you want. Come on, Nora, please. We skip Christmas, save the money, and go splash in the Caribbean for ten days."

"How much will it cost?"

"Three thousand bucks."

"So we save money?"


"When do we leave?"

"High noon, Christmas Day."

They stared at each other for a long time.”
“My children know nothing of Christmas. They have so little, and want so little, it makes me feel guilty for the mindless materialism of our culture.” 4 likes
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