|Genre||Essay and short story collection|
|Publisher||Little, Brown and Company|
|Media type||Print (Hardcover and Paperback)|
|Pages||128 pp (first edition, hardcover)|
|ISBN||0-316-77998-9 (first edition, hardcover)|
|LC Class||PS3569.E314 H65 1997|
|Followed by||Me Talk Pretty One Day|
Sedaris is named by Time as America’s Favorite Humorist and was named by The Economist as one of the funniest writers alive. This is one of his first works, which when originally published, was re-released with additional new passages, most of which have been previously cited by other authors.
Some online fans have written that Sedaris' style of writing on this particular collection is precise, at times dark, and very funny.
The most popular essay is “Santaland Diaries”, which is Sedaris’ take on working as an elf at a department store grotto during Christmas season.
"Holidays on Ice" was re-released in October 2008 by publisher, Little, Brown & Company. The book has 176 pages.
Season's Greetings to Our Friends and Family!!!
A Christmas letter from the Dunbar clan detailing matriarch Mrs. Dunbar's slow descent into insanity during the holiday season — belied by her insistently cheerful tone — as she is forced to cope with the discovery of her husband's infidelity, the resultant prostitute stepdaughter left in their care, and her drug-addict daughter's premature pregnancy. Also first published in Barrel Fever.
Dinah, the Christmas Whore
Sedaris recalls the Christmas that he was taken on a late-night ride downtown by his sister, Lisa, to rescue a prostitute from her abusive boyfriend. This story was also published in Sedaris' 1997 book Naked.
Front Row Center with Thaddeus Bristol
A review of the local grade school's Christmas pageant.
Based on a True Story
Where a member of the media begs a church congregation for information on a heartbreaking story.
Christmas Means Giving
Where battling neighbors try to outdo each other with holiday generosity.