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Buzz Book Club, Holidays on Ice

Buzz Book Club: Holidays on Ice, Section One

Hello, Buzz Book Club readers! David Sedaris is so freaking funny. I'm really glad I chose this book because it requires me to take time out of these increasingly stressful days to pause and laugh. Also, I kind of love bursting into laughter while reading in a public place, like a bus. This is becoming a frequent occurrence.

Anyway, here's a recap of how the Book Club goes if you're new: Every week I'll suggest chapters to complete by the next post (which, in this case, will go up every Friday in December). In these weekly Book Club posts, I'll posit a few questions to prompt discussion in the comments section.

Of course, you are always welcome to read beyond the weekly chapters, but please don't spoil anything in the comments! After the jump you'll find some questions that struck me as I read this section.

The next assignment: Read the next two stories: "Season's Greetings to Our Friends and Family!!!" and "Dinah, the Christmas Whore." We'll chat about this section a week from today, Dec. 19.

To discuss the first section of Holidays on Ice, in which we read the first story, "SantaLand Diaries,"


  1. Would you (could you) ever be a SantaLand elf at Macy's?
  2. If you could take that job, what would your elf name be? I might go with "Burpy."
  3. Sedaris explains to his interviewer that he's interested in the elf job because it's the scariest job he could think of. What's on your scariest jobs list? I always look at the window washers scaling the walls of the downtown skyscrapers here and think about how scary that job is.
  4. Did you die of laughter when he described a kid peeing on the display?
  5. Do you like having the curtain lifted on the mall Santas or would you prefer to keep the memory intact?
  6. Have you ever had a job in which "the customer is always right?" Do you have just as many horror stories regarding crazy or awful customers?
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CupcakeGal10 CupcakeGal10 8 years
LOVING this book so far! I was curled up in my bed reading it until 1 in the morning last week, laughing out loud the entire time! I think the neighbors think I'm crazy... :) 1. I would never voluntarily be a an elf, or any other kind of dress-up character for that matter. But if, like Sedaris, I was broke and desperately needed the money, then I'd do what I'd have to do to make a living. Everyone has a sh*t job at some point in their lives- I admire Sedaris for sharing his ridiculous experiences and turning them into something we can all laugh about and sympathize with. 2. Lucky Tum-Tums (Ok, I confess...I got that from an 'Elf Name Generator' online. Totally cheating, I know. But I did like the result!) 3. I can think of plenty of jobs I would be unsatisfied with, but scary? a) Working in the circus and being surrounded by clowns all of the time, b) a divorce lawyer, because it's depressing and scary. Those are the two I can think of off the top of my head. :) 4. Yes, and I laughed even harder when one customer made a disparaging comment about his outfit, and he retorted that at least he got paid for being ugly, while the customer was giving it away for free. HAHAHA!!!! 5. I'm blessed with parents who never made me sit on more than one or two Santa laps, so I don't have any traumatic memories to recall. Lucky me! 6. Oh yes...I think everyone needs to have "the customer is always right" job. As cheesy as it sounds, it DOES build character. Truthfully speaking, the customer is NOT always right, but it's essential to swallow your pride and act as if they are. :) Even during the painful experiences, service businesses force you to learn how to get along with others, especially during the times when it would seem impossible to do so otherwise. My first job was working at a balloon shop...we had a few customers get upset on the rare occasions we popped some in the store, and a boss who could get so mean that our sister stores would call us to warn when she was coming. Then I worked at an ice cream shop, which was much better (people are rarely upset when they're buying themselves ice cream). Love this! Thanks for putting this together, Buzz.
kscincotta kscincotta 8 years
Of the stories I've read in this book thus far, this one is my favorite. I kind of liked the behind-the-scenes aspect of the whole thing. I did find it a bit disconcerting that there are multiple Santas at the ready - I think I would be a very confused child if I suddenly saw four Santas standing around talking. Santa Santa was my favorite.
Dana18 Dana18 8 years
I don't think I could be one of Santa's elf's. But if I had to be one my name would be Blotto! Because that is what I would need to be in order to do the job. I think the scariest job would be to clean animal poop at the zoo! I have work retail for many years. And no matter what you are selling the customer is always right. When I world for Rebook the best part of the day was when I got to use the intercom to tell customer to bring their purchases to the counter because we are closing in 10 minutes. Yeah!
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