Yes, it is that time of year, where all your hip friends will be introducing you to David Sedaris, and his Christmas essays, ‘Holiday On Ice’ (or, if they are true hipsters, they’ll be giving you his ‘Barrel Fever’).
Now, in an overwhelming number of circumstances, you’ll be directed to Sedaris’s “Santaland Diaries”, the recounting of his working as an elf at Macy’s.
While extremely funny in it's own right, the killer, fall-down-pee-your-pants-laughing is his other essay, 'Seasons Greetings To Our Friends and Family!!!' … The
Well, lucky for us, as This American Life, on their website, has a reading of Sedaris’s work, in a stage production titled ‘A Very Special Sedaris Christmas’ including The Dunbar Christmas Letter (which begins, read by Julia Sweeney, at approximately 14:55 and runs for approximately 18-minutes).
If you choose to read the essay, do it in the privacy of your own home. Attempting to read it at Starbucks or on the bus, you’ll end up annoying those around you, as every few seconds, you’ll be bursting out in uncontrollable laughter.
Oh yeah, it will definitely give you a different perspective on any Christmas letter you receive from family and friends.