Does the thought of mistletoe give you hives?
Does the sound of jingling bells
instill fear in your heart?
Do you hide under the covers from the day after
Thanksgiving till New Year's Day?
And even if you love Christmas, do the
hyperconsumerism, overindulgence, and
tinsel-covered everything make you crazy?
If you said yes to any of these questions, this is the book for you. You are not alone. Everyone has a Christmas-nightmare story to tell. Some of the best writers around have gone through some of the worst Christmases ever. Their tales of holly-draped horror are gathered here for your amusement, from NEAL POLLACK's Christmas-ham disaster to the accidental Santahood of JONI RODGERS to BINNIE KIRSHENBAUM's receiving what may be the worst gift ever given. And Stanley Bing gives us a peek at the lonely guy's Xmas feast. All this, plus many more recollections of Worst Noels past.
So pour yourself a glass of eggnog, chisel off a piece of rock-hard fruitcake, and curl up in the big comfy chair by the fireplace where the stockings have been hung with such care -- and settle in to read The Worst Noel.
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funny, real, scary, interesting and downright hilarious describe this five star book...I am jewish so it was especially funny but not certain why.Going to give as Chanukah and Christmas gifts.
Didn't finish it. The 'Hellish Holiday Tales' might be considered 'hellish', but only because they're incredibly dull. After the third completely uninteresting story and a quick flip through of the rest of the book, I decided to not even bother reading the rest.
This is a collection of essays about the worst Christmas experiences by the authors, most involving the uncomfortable mixing of families. Contributors include Anne Patchett, Louis Bayard, Valerie Frankel and Marian Keyes. Interesting to note that over half of the essays are written by Jewish authors who celebrated Christmas as children. I don't know if that's a rarity or not, but the majority of essays here are pretty funny in that too-many-people-crammed-into-a-too-tiny-house sort of way.
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If you are expecting heartwarming tales of the cat licking the butter cube just before your guests sit down to the big Christmas dinner, or of the dog stealing the turkey off the table, you won't find them here. I don't think there's a place in a supposedly humorous Christmas anthology for a story about spending the holiday in Paris in a drug- and drink-induced haze as the odd man out, or for the unmetered use of profanity. There is far too much focus on competition/confusion between religions, and far too little on mishaps and misunderstandings that cause angst but that in the end have some relation to the true meaning of holiday spirit, whatever your religious (or non-religous) beliefs.