Well, so here is another book for us to enjoy during Advent, but this one is definitely more for the babes in your family than for the babies. I have actually included Holidays on Ice in a Advent calendar book basket before, but it has earned a repeat appearance this year because the whole collection of stories and musings is wonderful, and because it includes one of the funniest essays I have ever listened to in my life. Don't you love audiobooks that give you the author reading his or her own words?
"Six to Eight Black Men" starts out as an essay discussing the ways that the author -- the snort-wine-through-your-nose funny David Sedaris -- familiarizes himself with the culture of a place. He asserts that a great way to learn about the true heart of a culture is to ask people about their Christmas customs and traditions. And that's when you'll start shrieking with laughter. Seriously. This essay shuts me right down.