Christmas Book Recommendation: Skipping Christmas

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Many of you might have seen the movie “Christmas with the Kranks.” What you may not know is that it was based on a book called Skipping Christmas by John Grisham.

The book is quite similar to the movie—Luther and Nora Krank realize that they spend over $6,000 on Christmas a year and decide to skip the holiday and go on a cruise instead. Hilarity ensues when their daughter Blair comes home for the holiday with her fiancé.

I actually read this book a couple of years before the movie came out—I must have been a freshman in high school. I borrowed it from my mom one day when I was looking for something to read. To be completely honest, I don’t remember enough details to make this a long review. I do remember enjoying the book though and I do rewatch the movie every year.

If you are looking for something festive to read for the holidays, I suggest you try this book.

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What are your favorite Christmas books? Let me know in the comments below!

Ramblings of a Writer: December, Patch.com, Spam

In case you didn’t know, these “Ramblings of a Writer” posts are basically just updates on my life, or (quite literally) me rambling about writing. I will occasionally post news about this blog—either things I’m thinking about doing, or concerns I have. If you find these casual posts or my life interesting, feel free to check out my Tumblr.

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First of all, happy December! Now is the time to break out the holiday music and all that fun stuff. I’ve already finished my Christmas shopping, but I’ll be helping my mother and grandmother with theirs.

I’m doing some freelance writing for Patch.com. They’re owned by AOL and run local websites for cities across the United States. I’m covering several cities in Orange County, including Mission Viejo, Laguna Niguel, Corona del Mar, and San Juan Capistrano. If you go to my Patch.com profile, you can see everything I’ve written for them.

Now onto the reason why I decided to write this post: Spam.

For some reason, almost every comment on my blog has been marked as spam. It appears that all of my comments from countries other than the U.S. automatically go into spam, which is horrible because I get excited when I receive comments, especially from another country! I am doing everything I can to fix it, but I’m rather limited because this is a free WordPress account and I can only change so many things. If your comment does get marked as spam, don’t worry—I will manually go through everything flagged as spam at least once a day until the problem is fixed. If you have any advice for me on this topic, or concerns, please let me know!

Thank you so much for reading!

~Amy