Monday, December 6, 2010

Movies You Might Have Missed Monday – Christmas Edition

A while back, since I believed myself a well-read person, I decided I’d better read something written by John Grisham since I had yet to do so. I’d seen several movies, and I enjoy a good courtroom drama, but I hadn’t read him.

I went to the library and looked over the stacks. To get just a taste, I selected the thinnest book I could find.

That book was Skipping Christmas.

Needless to say, it wasn’t a good courtroom drama. But I’ll always be glad I picked it.

A quick read, Skipping Christmas is a great story about a mid-life couple boycotting all the hubbub of Christmas madness for principle’s sake, mainly because their only daughter is grown and gone on a humanitarian trip to South America. Instead, the Kranks determine to go on a cruise.

Seems like a simple choice, to skip Christmas, but they encounter much amusing opposition. Still, they hold out until they find out that their daughter decides to come home on short notice.

Their last-minute scurry to get Christmas together before she gets home (and discovers what they’ve been up to) is LOL-funny.

Now, books have made me smile, made my heart flutter, and I have shed a few tears at the conclusion of certain touching stories, but I’ve never laughed so much reading a book as I did reading Skipping Christmas.

So, why, you might ask, am I talking about this book when this is a post on movies?

Well, in 2004, they put this Grisham novel to film, and it starred funny tool-man Tim Allen and Jamie Lee Curtis. They called it Christmas with the Kranks and it follows the story fairly well. Though it doesn’t top the book in expression of humor, it does offer an entertaining, comedic take on the holidays, family, traditions and why we do what we do. Sometime during this Christmas season, treat yourself to a few laughs and watch Christmas with the Kranks and/or read Skipping Christmas by John Grisham.

Only 19 days left until the Big Day! How’s the shopping coming?

Have a great week, Dry Ground friends!

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Anonymous said...

I haven't read that book or seen the movie, but the movie sure does look funny!! I haven't done much for Christmas yet, not even dug out the tree. Fighting the ho-hums of the holiday a bit, recently.

We never really do gifts, anyway. Maybe a couple things me and my hubby might need, but other than that, it's more about celebrating Jesus' birthday. We think we might get birthday cake this year. . . that'd be something new. :)

Lori Lundquist said...

Lynn -

A birthday cake for Jesus has been a tradition in my family ever since I can remember. We sing and everything! It's a great way to remember the Reason for the Season.

Praying for you my friend! Love and miss you!