|By Jen of People I Want to Punch in the Throat - 2012 (Amazon 7.99 paperback, 4.99 Kindle)|
That's this book.
It's no secret to anyone who knows me that I love reading the blog People I Want to Punch in the Throat. I've recommended it to many friends and emailed links when something has really resonated with me. It's written by Jen. In her words
...I'm Jen. I'm a sarcastic, kind of bitchy, hysterical, sometimes offensive, middle aged, tired, married, mother of two who tends to say out loud (with as many profanities as possible) what everyone else is thinking.
The book is a mix of Jen's take on the hoopla surrounding the holidays along with some funnier Christmas recollections from her own childhood and young adult days. I can relate to almost everything, and what I can't relate to, I laughed at. Her essays are on topics such as:
- Family Christmas lore. For Jen, it centers around the Playskool McDonald's. I can relate. I am often reminded about how I threw up in the middle of the mall on Christmas Eve. I don't remember doing it, but I do remember the story being told OVER and OVER.
- Cookie Swaps. Oh, the pressure. I am totally stealing her recipe even though she claims the only award you'll win is the "Martha Stewart Died a Little Inside Award".
- The Annual Christmas Picture. I can totally relate, as I'm guilty of subjecting my family to this. Her description of the Hubs and Adolpha's smile? That's Adam. Check our wedding pictures. I'll still DO it, but this chapter forced me to laugh at myself.
- Christmas Lights. The fun of being the dark house. We aren't the dark house exactly, but we're definitely not impressing anyone.
- The Annual Christmas Letter. Stay tuned for my first one this year (now that I'm finally ready to follow in my mom's footsteps).
- 10 Things to Hate about the Holidays. Written in a totally tongue in cheek fashion...it's not as Scroogy as it sounds.
- Mom and her very special decor. Mom, you aren't quite there, but I totally thought of you. I think we all know someone with a house like this. I dare you to count Santas and Snowmen this year.
- The Elf on the Shelf . The post that introduced me to Jen and her blog.
Jen's book is the perfect book to enjoy as we head toward the two months of craziness that will begin as soon as the Halloween candy is off the shelves. Buy it, read it, laugh until you cry and the children look at you with great concern (as mine did). It's a quick read but one you'll go back and read again.
As Meredith, I had the holidays DOWN, but as Mommy, I'm still working on it. I KNOW I'll be thinking of it as I embrace my wannabe overachieving mom goals this year! Pin It