The Kranks spent way too much on Christmas last year. This year, with their daughter having flown down to South America to volunteer over Christmas, the Kranks have decided to skip Christmas this year. They won't be putting up a tree or lights, there will be no frosty on top of their house, calendars will not be purchased from the firefighters or police officers, and gifts will not be bought. Instead they're going to leave on Christmas for a cruise and enjoy some time in the sun. This doesn't make them a very popular couple on their street, which competes each year to be the best decorated street. Nor do their local police or firefighters appreciated their ungenerous spirit. Despite this, the Kranks vow to keep their resolve and skip Christmas.
The neighbours in this book were something else. All of them were cranky and mean spirited towards the Kranks. Where's the warm holiday spirit in this novel? It wasn't until the very last pages that we saw it and even then it seemed rather forced.
I kept thinking that I'd heard of the "Kranks" before and sure enough this book was made in to a movie "Christmas with the Kranks". It too has a low rating on IMDB, probably to match the rather weak story.
First Line: "The gate was packed with weary travelers, most of them standing and huddled along the walls because the meager allotment of plastic chairs had long since been taken."