Christmas Sucks: What To Do When Fruticake, Family, and Finding the Perfect Gift Make Your Miserable
by Jim Halterman
Tuesday Nov 4, 2008
Now that Halloween is behind us, it’s time for the onslaught of the Christmas holiday season. Already groaning at the thoughts of long lines in the stores or how empty your wallet will be come December 25th? Then you might make it through the next two months by reading Christmas Sucks: What To Do When Fruitcake, Family and Finding the Perfect Gift Make You Miserable, a hilarious new book by Joanne Kimes.
This is the 10th book in Kimes’s series of “Sucks” books and “Christmas Sucks” is a welcome alternative to the sappy, sweet stories that we can all get overloaded with during this time of the year. With chapter titles like “The Twelve Days of Christmas Parties” and “It’s Beginning to Smell A Lot Like Christmas,” Kimes takes readers on a journey through just about every facet of the holidays. Nothing – shopping, family, money and Santa Claus – is safe from Kimes’ witty and keen observations.
As for Kimes’s style, her writing is not only laid back and easily relatable but is peppered with many pop culture references and evokes a grounded-in-reality feel to which anyone reading can relate. The best chapter is Chapter 7: “I’ll Be Home for Christmas…If I Can Get Through The F*cking Crowds.” Not only does Kimes ask why we move heaven and earth to be with family members we don’t like for the sake of tradition but also details the top ten rules of air travel at the holidays, and explains somewhat unnecessarily why traveling with kids sucks.
The key to the success of Kimes’s book is that the content of the book is not only a slam against the holidays but also includes truly helpful hints such as how to get your flight upgraded, how to keep the kids happy and what to do to avoid car trouble.
Overall, the holidays would probably be much more tolerable if everyone took the same route as “Christmas Sucks” and make fun of the things that we all tend to take so seriously during the Christmas holiday. In fact, spread the anti-Christmas spirit and make “Christmas Sucks” the best stocking stuffer you’ve ever invested in.