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Holidays on Ice

176 pages, 2010

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David Sedaris's beloved holiday collection--new again with six more pieces, including a never before published story--pays tribute to the season in which we gather with our loved ones. Along with such favorites as the diaries of a Macy's elf and the annals of two very competitive families, are Sedaris' tales of tardy trick-or-treaters (Us and Them); the difficulties of explaining the Easter Bunny to the French (Jesus Shaves); what to do when you've been locked out in a snowstorm (Let It Snow); the puzzling Christmas traditions of other nations (Six to Eight Black Men); what Halloween at the medical examiners looks like (The Monster Mash); and a barnyard secret Santa scheme gone awry (Cow and Turkey).
Humor as a Tool

In Holidays on Ice, David Sedaris uses humor as a tool to explore and expose the absurdities of everyday life. He makes you laugh, but also makes you think about the world around you in a new light.

Reality of Holidays

Holidays aren't always picture-perfect. Sedaris paints a realistic picture of the holiday season, showing that it can be stressful, chaotic, and far from the idealized version we often see in movies and on TV.

Importance of Perspective

The book shows us that perspective is everything. The same event can be hilarious or tragic, depending on how you look at it. It encourages readers to find humor in their own lives by changing their perspective.

Satirical Commentary

Sedaris uses satire to comment on societal norms and expectations, especially around the holiday season. He challenges readers to question these norms and think critically about why we do the things we do.


Despite the humor and satire, at its heart, Holidays on Ice is a book about the human experience. Readers will find themselves relating to the stories and characters, seeing their own lives reflected in the pages.


authorLena Dunham

Lena Dunham


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