skipping christmas

4-Watertowers TracyReaderDad Book Reviews (Light-hearted fun)

Buy it!

23 year old Blair Krank has just graduated from graduate school and is heading to Peru for a stint in the Peace Corps.  Her parents, Luther and Nora Krank say goodbye and return to an empty house.

Being Thanksgiving, Luther comes up with a plan for Christmas.  His plan is to skip it.  After all, they spent $6,100 last year on Christmas with nothing to show for it.  Being an accountant, he decides that he and Nora could save money this year and have some fun on a cruise.

No Christmas tree, no Frosty on the roof, no Christmas Eve party, no Police calendar, no Firemans fruitcake  no office parties….nothing.  They spend time getting a tan and planning  their vacation in paradise.

Until Christmas Eve morning.  The phone rings and Luther reluctantly answers it.  It is Blair calling from Miami telling her parents that she and her new fiance, Enrique, are headed home for Christmas so Enrique can see all the Christmas cheer, that, unfortunately, the Krank’s just skipped.

Ooops….they have only a few short hours to get it all together.

“Skipping Christmas”  is a hilarious account of how one couple bucks the norm and how everyone else pressures them to not skip Christmas. Then how everyone bands together to help.  This is a short book (less than 200 pages) and is a fast easy read. Great fun.

A movie “Christmas with the Kranks” is a fun, 2.5 Watertower, rendition of this book starring Jamie Lee Curtis and Tim Allen.


Posted by Mike Pihlman

I am the Director of a 501c3 non-profit that awards college scholarships to Tracy, CA scholars in honor of my daughter's best friend, and our part-time daughter, Carol Phan who we lost on Sept 18, 2010. I am a: Book Review (, Technology (, and Movie Review ( blogger.


  1. Good read but who was the marty ” somebody “guy that showed up at the house Christmas eve?


    1. Ah, you will need to read the book! 🙂 Suffice it to say, the movie and book are different….Thanks for your comment!


      1. I did read the book was he the Santa clause??

Leave a Comment

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.