Spending the Holidays with People I Want to Punch in the Throat

Stars: 3 out of 5

I have to admit, this book was pretty funny. It wasn’t quite up there with Furiously Happy, but it was pretty funny. It’s kind of a memoir version of A Bad Mom’s Christmas for anyone who’s seen that movie, which I totally loved because, well, Mila Kunis and saying no to the Christmas crazy. 

Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE Christmas and everything it stands for. I’m just really not into all the things that people talk about doing because of Christmas that have pretty much nothing to do with it. For example, the elf on the shelf and the cookie exchange. Wtf?

Yeah, not a necessary part of the magic for me. I totally want to punch those people in the throat too. I’d also never heard of this humblebrag letter, but so glad I don’t know anyone who does that. I’d lose it. Sorry, I’m not trying to be judgey if those are things that are actually enjoyable to the people doing them. On the other hand, forcing it on others or being crappy about others inability to not participate is a whole other thing.

I love that Mann includes most the major US holidays. You know, the super commercialized ones and not the holidays that either commemorate or memorialize someone or some concept without having to buy a bunch of stuff to be considered in the spirit. So, this includes Christmas, Halloween, Easter, and Mother’s Day. There’s a smattering of others but these are the main ones.

The Halloween story absolutely killed me and I’m with Mann on that point and not the socket. You’ll understand when you read it. Along with that, I love the hubs’ family tradition for Christmas. My family likes to have our own thing when the traditional way just doesn’t work for us. We just realized one day that we don’t actually need to fit our fun into everyone else’s expectations. A birthday is a birthday without cake, it really can be, especially if there’s ice cream! or whatever. I’d rather spare myself the anxiety and have a good day and ignore the judgers. If it makes my kid happy it’s perfect. Okay, getting off my soapbox. 

I had a fun time with this memoir and it’s definitely for all the other mom’s who just can’t do it anymore with all the crazy holiday (especially Christmas) stuff that every commerical and tv show is trying to tell us we absolutely must do for a perfect holiday. Or women who aren’t moms yet hoping there’s a way out of it all. Add it on Goodreads and check it out before next Christmas! 

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