Do you ever have those moments when you feel like you’ve got everything together and you’re ahead of schedule, only to realize that your sense of time is completely screwed up? That happened to me earlier this morning. I sat down to look at the calendar before getting started on today’s post, and rather abruptly came to the realization that Christmas is actually next week!

It’s amazing how fast the month of December seems to be going, especially when most of the year has passed so slowly. The past couple of weeks have been a flurry of decorating, baking, and holiday and winter-focused reading. One of the books I’ve had the opportunity to read since my last holiday-centered post was Jen Mann’s Spending the Holidays with People I Want to Punch in the Throat: Yuletide Yahoos, Ho-Ho-Humblebraggers, and Other Seasonal Scourges.

Spending the Holidays with People I Want to Punch in the Throat is the second book in Jan Mann’s series of hilarious essays. Each of the essays focuses on a different holiday topic, such as: yearly Christmas letters, family photos, holiday decor hoarding, Christmas carolers, cookie exchange parties, and (of course) the infamous Elf on the Shelf.

While the book focuses primarily on Christmas, it also has a small section of humorous stories that feature other holidays, including: the Chinese New Year, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Mother’s Day, and Easter.

This is actually the third time that I have read Spending the Holidays with People I Want to Punch in the Throat, and I enjoyed it just as much as I did previously. Jen Mann’s writing never fails to make me laugh out loud, and I always manage to recognize people I know in her stories. While parents of school-aged children will probably be able to relate most strongly to many of the essays, it’s a great book for adults in general…particularly adults who feel pressured to “go all out” around the holidays.

If you’ve ever hidden from carolers, gotten annoyed when you heard Christmas music playing in stores weeks before Thanksgiving, wanted to destroy your Elf on the Shelf, or just need a good laugh in the middle of this holiday season, then I definitely recommend taking some time to read Spending the Holidays with People I Want to Punch in the Throat.

And, if you’d like to learn more about Jen Mann’s other hilarious (and very relatable) essays, I hope you’ll also check out my review of the first book in the series, People I Want to Punch in the Throat.

Happy reading!

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