In Skipping Christmas, Grisham introduces the Kranks as a typical suburban family that decide to celebrate the holiday season in a not so typical way. After a sad farewell to their young daughter Blair, who has joined the Peace Corps and will be gone over the holidays, Luther takes the opportunity to review the expense of the past Christmas. When he discovers that last Christmas cost over $6,000, Luther makes the decision to skip Christmas and convinces his wife to instead join him on a 10 day cruise.
At first the plan seems flawless, until friends and neighbors get wind of his grand scheme to ignore the holiday season and go on a Caribbean vacation. This news does not go over well with the community and the Kranks spend the month before Christmas hiding from pesky neighbors, dodging salespeople, and standing up to friends and co-workers that put the pressure on them to participate in the holiday season. Finally, when the Kranks appear to be on the home stretch just hours before they are to depart for their vacation, something much unexpected happens and ultimately reawakens the Christmas spirit in Luther and Nora.
- What do you think of Luther’s plan for “skipping Christmas” and do you feel he was justified in all the decisions he made in effort to completely ignore the holidays?
- Did you agree with all of Luther’s views regarding Christmas or do you think he was being a little extreme?