Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday and I hate, Hate, HATE that it gets shoved aside in favor of Christmas every year. So the time after Thanksgiving always leaves me feeling a little Grinchy and unwilling to get into the holiday spirit. The 24/7 holiday radio grates on my nerves and the thought of going shopping in that swarm of humanity makes me want to hide under my bed.
This year I’m taking preventative measures to keep my Grinch locked down by reading some hilarious holiday books. If you need something to bolster your holiday cheer, try checking out some of these titles:
Try The Stupidest Angel: A heartwarming tale of Christmas terror by Christopher Moore because nothing says Christmas cheer like a little zombie action. Our catalog gives it this description, which is bound to be far more concise than my own: ‘It’s Christmastime in Pine Cove. Lena Marquez rings the bell for the Salvation Army, and when ex-husband Dale Pearson won’t part with his pocket change, she decides to exact revenge. Meanwhile, while rushing home from a friend’s house in the dark one night, little Joshua Barker, age seven, sees a woman kill Santa with a shovel. (But it wasn’t Santa; it was Dale.) A small boy makes a simple Christmas wish: Please, Santa, come back from the dead. The angel Raziel, not the brightest halo in heaven, is sent to Earth and accidentally revives the entire Pine Cove graveyard. Now under attack by the undead, the town has to put aside differences, bind together, and discover the true meaning of “Christmas spirit.”
Or how about When Elves Attack: a joyous Christmas greeting from the criminal nutbars of the Sunshine State by Tim Dorsey. This one has a pretty short and sweet description in the catalog: ‘Deranged serial killer Serge Storms delivers his special brand of Christmas Cheer in balmy Florida’.
Or maybe try some real life accounts of Christmas in today’s strange world is more your scene. How about You Better Not Cry: stories for Christmas by Augusten Burroughs. ‘You’ve eaten too much candy at Christmas… but have you ever eaten the face off a six-foot stuffed Santa? You’ve seen gingerbread houses… but have you ever made your own gingerbread tenement? You’ve woken up with a hangover… but have you ever woken up next to Kris Kringle himself? Augusten Burroughs has, and in this caustically funny, nostalgic, poignant, and moving collection, he recounts Christmases past and present — as only he could…’