Updated: Apr 6, 2019
I almost never watch a movie and then read a book, but #SkippingChristmas by #johngrisham was a gift and since this winter break I have been in an #amreading mood, I just finished it (because what else would I do at 3:45 in the morning when I randomly wake up?). The idea of skipping Christmas occurs to the main character, Luther, when his daughter, Blair, goes to Peru for a year to join the Peace Corps. However, skipping Christmas is a challenge because of the traditions his family has--from the Christmas tree to the Christmas Eve annual party. Luther offends almost everyone with his dismissiveness about the traditions, but in the end we see a change in his heart when he offers a gift to a neighborhood couple--no strings attached.
Even though I had watched #ChristmaswiththeKranks, I still enjoyed this book. As someone who struggles with finding joy in the hustle, bustle, and expectations of the holiday season, I understood Luther's perspective on wanting to skip Christmas. But I also appreciated his wife, Nora's, frustration with him for making her deal with his decision. If you're looking for a quick read and don't mind reading a book about a movie you may have seen, then I recommend it.