What a wicked sense of humor Mr. Sedaris has. This collection of Christmas-themed short stories is so entertaining, there is no reason to wait until December to break it out. The first story, SantaLand Diaries, about the author's brief stint as an elf at Macy's during Christmas one year made me laugh non-stop, and the second story is the best anti-Christmas letter I've ever read. Holiday good will is pushed to the limit when the author's family welcomes a worker from the world's oldest profession into their home, and the last story gives new meaning to the phrase "keeping up with the Jones'". There are only six stories in this too-short book, but each is packed with hilarious scenarios and searing wit. It makes a great stocking stuffer too!
"Lately I am feeling trollish and have changed my elf name from Crumpet to Blisters. Blisters – I think it's cute."
I personally think David Sedaris is one of the funniest writers alive. This collection of six short stories about the holidays is hilarious, as I expected. It is a quick and fun read that will make you laugh out loud on several occasions, I guarantee. From the story of Blisters, the mall elf, to the one about Dinah, the Christmas whore, each story is delightfully tacky and slightly (sometimes quite) twisted. If you're looking for a fun book to take to the beach, read on a plane, or you need some levity added to your holiday season, I recommend you use this book for laugh therapy. It worked for me!
"In the story of the Christmas Mall Elves, the woman in charge of costumes lectured all of the elves who thought they were actually dancers, in between dancing careers working as elves. "And don't tell me, 'I don't wear underpants, I'm a dancer.' You're not a dancer. If you were a real dancer you wouldn't be here. You're an elf and you're going to wear panties like an elf."