Luther and Nora Krank have always celebrated Christmas in a grand way – customized greeting cards, elaborate decorations, gifts for everyone they know and even some they didn’t know, and a huge party at their house. Every year the celebration gets larger and larger. When their only child joins the Peace Corp and won’t be home for a year, Luther figures it’s an excellent occasion to skip Christmas entirely. Their friends and neighbors are aghast at their announcement. As the Kranks try to hold firm to their resolution, they find that it’s just as hard to not have Christmas as it is to celebrate Christmas.
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He unfolded a spreadsheet, and began pointing. “Here, my dear, is what we did last Christmas. Six thousand, one hundred dollars we spent on Christmas. Six thousand, one hundred dollars.”
“I heard you the first time.”
“And precious little to show for it. The vast majority of it down the drain. Wasted. And that, of course, does not include my time, your time, the traffic, stress, worry, bickering, ill-will, sleep loss – all the wonderful things that we pour into the holiday season.”
“Where is this going?”
“Thanks for asking.” Luther dropped the spreadsheets and, quick as a magician, presented the Island Princess to his wife. Brochures covered the table. “Where is this going, my dear? It’s going to the Caribbean. Ten days of total luxury on the Island Princes, the fanciest cruise ship in the world.”